The Kentucky Supreme Court has turned down Metro Government’s appeal of a years-long case involving underpaid firefighters.
Last year, the city reached a $45 million dollar settlement with about 800 firefighters who were underpaid due to miscalculated overtime. A group of 140 retired firefighters broke off from that group and did not agree to the settlement. They’re seeking some $17 million dollars from the city. The state Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the firefighters, but the city appealed.
It is likely that the city and the smaller group of retirees will enter into negotiations next year, after Mayor-elect Greg Fischer — who was endorsed by the firefighters union as a “fresh start” — takes office.
The prospect of paying another hefty multi-million dollar settlement, however, could present the Metro Council with some challenges in carving out that payment from the city’s budget.