Chicago Firefighters Union asks judge to halt promotions after members score low on exam

  • Source: Chicago Sun Times
  • Published: 12/13/2019 12:00 AM

The union representing Chicago firefighters wants a Cook County judge to halt the promotion of more than a dozen department members to battalion chief. The Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 filed a motion for an injunction in Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday that seeks to stop the promotions — set to take effect Dec. 16 — because 17 department members slated for advancement scored below 70% on the promotional exam. “In order to be promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief, an applicant is required to achieve a passing grade of seventy (70) or better. This requirement is based on the parties’ mutually understood past practice” that has been “articulated” in prior arbitration awards, the union argues. However, 17 test-takers who scored below 70% on the exam, given in 2016, are set to be promoted next week, according to the union.


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