Everett appealing ruling on firefighter staffing levels

Staffing levels are a “fundamental prerogative of management,” and the budget process, the city says.

EVERETT — The city of Everett is appealing an October ruling by a state labor-management board that said it must negotiate minimum staffing levels with firefighters.

City attorneys filed paperwork Nov. 1 in Snohomish County Superior Court, asking a judge to review the ruling.

Staffing levels are a “fundamental prerogative of management,” and the budget process, the city said in court papers.

Leaders of the firefighters union, Local 46, have said they are satisfied with the ruling. They long have argued that staffing impacts workload and safety and should be subject to bargaining.

As of Monday, hearing dates had not been scheduled.

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