Ohio SUPCO Won’t Hear City’s Appeal Over Firefighter Pay/Position

Ohio SUPCO Won’t Hear City’s Appeal Over Firefighter Pay/Position

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by the City of Youngstown of a ruling in favor of the Youngstown Professional Firefighters Union regarding firefighter pay and positions.

The case involved the replacement of retired Battalion Chief Sil Caggiano and the city’s earlier elimination of the fire battalion position.


The union wanted Caggiano’s position filled and to be paid retroactive pay for any delayed promotions, saying it wanted the city to “promote union members in a timely manner,” according to court records.

The union filed several grievances on these issues and wanted the matter to be referred to arbitration, but the city claimed the grievances were not filed in a timely manner and therefore were not subject to arbitration.

The trial court ruled in favor of the union, requiring arbitration.

The city appealed that decision to the Ohio Supreme Court, but the panel dismissed the case, saying it lacked jurisdiction to hear it.