Barry Carter, et al. v. City of Paducah

Union firefighters collective bargain


Kentucky firefighters can claim victory with the subsequent to this motion for summary judgment related to "trading time" or "workback". The state circuit court issued a declaratory judgment confirming the practice as legal, and not to be unilaterally changed by the City of Paducah. Here, Union firefighters were forced to go court to have the right to trade time declared not subject to overtime wage and hour laws. Usually, employees want everything to be subject to overtime laws. But when it comes to trading time, the Paducah Professional Firefighters did not want it declared subject to overtime because such a declaration would effectively kill trading time.

The city had the inenviable task of arguing that trading time hours worked by a firefighter would be subject to wage and hour regs regarding overtime. If the City had prevailed, it would have created considerable exposure to overtime claims.

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Reference Info:Pleadings | State, 6th Circuit, Kentucky | United States

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