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Oklahoma City to fight arbitrator's ruling on fire union

BY BRYAN DEAN Modified: February 12, 2010 at 11:43 am •  Published: September 16, 2009
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.