By: Diane Benjamin
Remember the story of Bloomington fireman Jon Caponi? https://blnnews.com/2017/11/02/legal-employee-investigations/
He was arrested for domestic violence and then the charges were dropped because an investigation proved he wasn’t the aggressor.
The City of Bloomington decided he needed to pay a price anyway, he got a 10 day suspension. For a fireman, that’s 10 24-hour days. That is the equivalent to a 30 day suspension for people working 8 hour days.
The Union filed a grievance against the City claiming the 10 days was excessive. It went to arbitration that required many hours of legal fees.
Instead of negotiating a reduced suspension based on the facts, the City decided to fight the grievance – of course using tax dollars.
All the legal expense was wasted. They now get to pay for 4 24-hour days. That’s the equivalent of 96 hours.
No, you weren’t supposed to find out.
See the entire ruling Here