Crook County firefighters union, chief square off at hearing

  • Source: Bend Bulletin
  • Published: 12/05/2018 06:17 PM

A low-simmering dispute between the union and management of the Crook County Fire and Rescue district has sunk morale, according to filings by both sides in a hearing procedure working through the Oregon Employee Relations Board. “It definitely isn’t a positive work environment,” said Chad Grogan, president of the Crook County Firefighters Association. Chief Matt Smith agrees the mood is bad. A response to the union filed by the district claims “illegitimate” rumors are causing firefighters to hesitate to act in emergency situations and around the stations. In February, the union filed a complaint against Smith and the district with the state relations board, alleging numerous instances of anti-union activity. Last month, a hearing was held at the district’s station in Prineville.


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