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Judge Grants Injunction, Postpones Reno Firefighter Layoffs

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A district judge has granted an injunction postponing 32 City of Reno firefighter layoffs that are scheduled to begin on July 1st.

The decision was made late Tuesday afternoon.

A hearing was held last week between the City of Reno and the firefighters union over the scheduled layoffs. The firefighters union sued the city in an attempt to stop those layoffs from happening.

Lawyers for the city argued that the layoffs were necessary after it lost a major federal grant. They say the city council has final jurisdiction over budget allocations and staffing levels. But the firefighters say the money for those positions is there - it would just have to be diverted from other areas.

The city argues that the budget is tight and the union doesn't have a right to dictate how the city's money is spent.

The City of Reno issued the following statement:

"While we respect the judge's decision, we are disappointed that we will be forced to continue to use the City's limited financial resources on legal services relating to this matter, instead of using those resources to provide services to the community," City Manager Andrew Clinger says. "We will now focus our efforts on discussing our legal, operational, and financial options with City Council."

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“The Reno Fire Fighters Local 731 appreciates Judge Stiglich's decision along with her respect and understanding in regards to the importance and priority of public safety. This is a positive step forward for our city, and we look forward to getting back to what we do best -- providing fire and emergency services for our community.”
 
Dennis Jacobsen
President, Reno Fire Fighters



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