SUNDAY UPDATE ... Published Report: Tentative Settlement for Active Firefighters; Police to Vote ; City Counterclaims no Code Violations

Updated 31 weeks ago by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
SUNDAY UPDATE  ... Published Report: Tentative Settlement for Active Firefighters; Police to Vote ; City Counterclaims no Code Violations

UPDATED: An article published in the Herald Dispatch indicates that: (a) negotiations have resumed with IAFF Local 289; (b) Gold Star Lodge 65 has a tentative settlement which will require a vote; (c) since Local 289 does NOT represent retired firefighters and survivors, the city's counterclaim states that it did not violate state law or the existing contracts.  By adding all the retirees as "third partys" they have 30 days to answer the legal documents served either themselves, by hiring individual attorneys, or hiring   the attorney representing Herschel Marshall to speak collectively for them.

The city did not respond to emails sent by HNN for clarifications on the counter-claims and legal filings.

 

The City of Huntington has counter-sued retired firefighters and their widows --- one of whom is 92-year-old ----  relating to the health benefit changes.  According to numerous retirees, certified letters have been received from Steptoe & Johnson, which represents the city both on the counter claim and labor negotiations. One social media comment stated that the city has spent at least $1,200 on postage, not to mention copies and other legal fees. No other details are available at this time.

HNN reached out to the city's communications director via email, but has not received a response.

A posted letter from Mayor Williams indicated that since the initial suit will affect ALL retirees and survivors, he brought them all into the matter through the "third party" complaint.

Other than actual litigation documents, parties are often advised by their attorneys to not comment on pending litigation.


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