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Jenks Council Votes To File Complaint Against Firefighters Union

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Jenks Fire Chief Gary Friedel at the meeting. Jenks Fire Chief Gary Friedel at the meeting.
Jenks city council meeting. Jenks city council meeting.
JENKS, Oklahoma -

In a meeting that went well after midnight, the Jenks City Council voted to authorize the city attorney to file an unfair labor practice complaint against the Jenks firefighters union local.

The vote was 6-1 after discussions that at times were heated.

The council's action after came after all 17 members of the JFD publicly voted in October they had "no confidence" in Jenks Fire Chief Gary Friedel. Firefighters asked the city council to investigate his conduct.

10/21/2013 Related Story: Jenks Firefighters Union Addresses Concerns With Chief At City Council Meeting

Union members claimed during an October 21st meeting with the city council, that Gary Friedel has depleted the volunteer program and neglected to provide proper training to first year firefighters since he became chief six years ago.

Some councilors expressed frustration that the union aired their grievances through a public vote rather than filing a personnel complaint through the city - the basis of their unfair labor practice complaint.

Watch the WEB EXTRA video as council members discuss the situation and go into executive session.

 

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