Arbitration is set to begin Wednesday between Providence and its firefighters, as the two sides wage a legal battle over work schedules.
This spring, Mayor Jorge Elorza announced a new staffing protocol to reduce the costs of overtime payments. City firefighters criticized the move, saying the change should be made through collective bargaining.
Last week the state Supreme Court denied an appeal by the city to delay the arbitration, but the mayor’s office says it is ready to use the process to enforce its right to restructure the fire department.
The arbitration will be coordinated by the East Providence-based American Arbitration Association.
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