The City of Greenfield threatened to vote on October 4, 2011 on an insurance plan that would have required its firefighters to pay as much as $40,000 a year toward the cost of their health care, ostensibly as a result of the City’s perceived right to avoid bargaining over health insurance “plan…design.” However, at 1:30 p.m. on October 4, Judge Maxine White issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the City from engaging in that vote. The TRO is in effect until October 20, at which time Local 1963, International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), and the City will have either reached an agreement or the union will return to court to seek a permanent injunction against the City’s acting to implement such a plan. Timothy Hawks represented Local 1963 and the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, plaintiffs in the case.
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