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Firefighters Compensated for Overtime

FirefightersGRANTS PASS, Ore. — Grants Pass firefighters are being awarded back-pay for overtime wages.

The International Association of Firefighters submitted the petition to the Bureau of Labor and Industries on behalf of city firefighters in June 2011. They claim overtime hours worked should be paid accordingly regardless of whether hours up to the 40-hour work week was part of sick or vacation time.

State law says overtime wages are not required if the employee did not actually work those 40 hours. The Bureau of Labor Industries ruled in favor of the firefighters claiming because of the nature of their work and contracts under the union. They should be compensated for any over-time regardless.

The city of Grants Pass has 35 days to appeal to the Oregon Supreme Court, or they will have to start to repay those wages.