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Supreme Court decision could inspire Austin firefighters to file complaint
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 by Austin Monitor
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that the city of
Austin Firefighters Association President Stephen Truesdell said Monday that some
Kerr said the appointments would help improve the diversity of the department’s work force. Earlier she had attempted to add another assistant chief, a white firefighter, but he would have been the fifth assistant chief and the Council declined to add more chiefs during a tough budget season.
“There has been a talk of EEOC complaint from some of the members who were passed over for the promotion and I think this (court) decision will kind of galvanize their feelings that they could file a claim,” Truesdell said. He noted that traditionally firefighters are promoted from battalion chief to assistant chief but Kerr went outside the regular order, disappointing “a lot of battalion chiefs doing everything they can to be prepared for an opportunity” to move up.
However, Truesdell said he did not yet know what impact the ruling might have on
After the decision was announced, the International Association of Firefighters put out the following statement: “The IAFF recognizes that promotional systems are developed locally, where virtually every fire department in the country uses its own, unique system to best fit the needs of that community and its fire department. The IAFF also recognizes the fact that a variety of valid promotional testing processes have been developed that place emphasis on different elements of the testing procedure – including written and oral testing, seniority, table top scenarios, efficiency ratings and job-related skills, to name a few.”
Michelle DeCrane, a spokesperson for the Fire Department, said the chief was out of town Monday and could not be reached for comment on the opinion.
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