9/4/08

Judge rules against AFSCME in labor-state

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A St. Louis County judge has ruled in favor of the city of Duluth in a dispute over employee layoffs. Last week the city's AFSCME union filed for a restraining order to prevent the 21 layoffs, which were made to chip away at a $6.5 million deficit. The layoffs took effect Tuesday. At issue was whether the city could cut the full-time staffers while 43 part-time and temporary workers stayed on the payroll.

Judge Eric Hylden ruled Wednesday the layoffs are legal and did not grant a restraining order.

Union leaders said they're not giving up and will try to find a legal way out, such as working a mediator or arbitrator or seeking change through the city's civil service board.

(startribune.com)

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