The Joys of Arbitration and Unionized Public Employment: “Fired DPW worker accused of theft gets job back”
Ah, yes. And they wonder why many of us are wary of binding arbitration.
A Department of Public Works employee who was fired after being arrested on charges he stole from the city, has won the fight to get his job back and will receive approximately nine months in back pay.
Kenneth Naylor, 48, of West Warwick – a 13-year employee of the Warwick DPW – was terminated in October after his arrest on a larceny charge a month earlier.
The head of the union that represents Naylor said an arbitrator ruled the city should not have fired Naylor because officials had already come to an agreement with the city to suspend him for 20 days without pay. The ruling came down on Aug. 7.
Good work, WPRI’s Tim White. H/T the Matt Allen Show.
Mr. Naylor’s criminal case is pending. Meanwhile, what will he get from the arbitrator’s decision?
[President of Council 94 J. Michael] Downey said he doesn’t know how much money Naylor will be paid following the arbitrator’s decision but it will cover from the time he was terminated in October 2011 to today, minus the 20-day suspension.
According to a statement from Mayor Scott Avedisian, the city is still calculating how much money they will have to repay Naylor. Records show he made $48,215 in 2011.
So, roughly $36,000. Nice! Should help with the legal fees.
The next question is, what happens to his employment situation if he is found guilty? Will he get back the job he had with the employer from whom he was allegedly stealing?
NORTH PROVIDENCE ADDENDUM
Dan’s comment reminded me of this recent instance of not just licking the trough clean but trying to take a bite out of it.
Six months after an arbitrator ruled that a retired town police officer should not have to pay anything for his medical coverage in his new job as a firefighter, Mayor Charles Lombardi has “reluctantly” paid what the town owes the worker in back payments. …
In February of 2011, Cardarelli filed a grievance through the Fraternal Order of Police, Local 13, because he objected to paying $16.92 a week for his medical insurance premium, a total of $880 a year.
The arbitrator ruled on Feb. 9 of this year that the town violated the police contract by failing to reimburse Cardarelli for contributions made to the cost of his health insurance. Town officials were subsequently directed to make Cardarelli “whole” for his health insurance payments from the date of the union’s demand for arbitration, Feb. 14, 2011, and to reimburse him monthly henceforth for the amounts of his contribution to his health care coverage.