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OC Fire Union At Odds With Town Officials

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Ocean City Fire Department (Photo: WBOC) Ocean City Fire Department (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Ocean City Fire Department Union is at odds with the mayor and council over working conditions. The departments labor contract is up for renewal and the town is proposing to change the current work schedule in place.

For the past 20 years the firefighters and EMS personnel have worked 24 hours on and 72 hours off; the town now wants to change that schedule to 12 hours shifts.

Fire Union President Ryan Whittington said the current schedule in place works very effectively and the department will not agree to any quick changes. He said the town's proposal came out of the blue with no clear explanation.

"The city's not really giving us justification as to why they want us to change that schedule; it's something that's very concerning to us. The proposed schedule is a very radical and drastic change from what we are currently working, and instead of making the decision saying we're going to go off this 24-72 rotation, we need time to study that,"Whittington said.

The mayor and council responded in a statement to WBOC saying, "The I.A.F.F has unfortunately mischaracterized the nature of our bargaining process and the reasons behind the towns proposal."

The deadline for an agreement to be reached is Monday at midnight. Whittington said if an agreement cannot be reached between the town and union, service to the people of Ocean City would not be affected. He said negotiations would continue through legal hurdles if an agreement cannot be reached with the town.   

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