Naples rejects magistrates recommendation in firefighter negotiation

The city of Naples has rejected a special magistrate's recommendation to resolve contract negotiations with Naples firefighters. That means the final terms of a contract will go to vote at a public City Council meeting.

The city and the union each had the option to reject the recommendation handed down by Special Magistrate James Mastriani, with the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission. City officials decided Jan. 22 to reject because they did not agree with the terms of the health and safety provisions, and because the union did not present its argument regarding pension changes to the magistrate, Assistant City Manager Roger Reinke said.

Attempts to reach union head Adam Nadelman for comment were unsuccessful Monday.

A meeting time has not been set for the public hearing, during which each party will present its side. The parties have been at impasse for about one year.

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