e city asked the arbitrators to reconsider that ruling, claiming the arbitrators overstepped their legal authority.
The neutral arbitrator in the case, Pedro Molina, sent the city a ruling Tuesday rejecting the city’s request to reconsider. Earlier Tuesday, the city council voted to challenge the arbitrators in Oklahoma County District Court if they made such a ruling.
Assistant City Attorney Dick Mahoney said Molina’s ruling isn’t official yet because the city hasn’t received a copy signed by a second arbitrator, but he said he expects the union-appointed arbitrator will sign the order.
"It looks like we are heading to court,” Assistant City Manager M.T. Berry said.
A spokesman for the fire union said he had not seen the arbitrator’s ruling Tuesday afternoon.