The Ohio Supreme Court announced it will not hear the city of Youngstown’s appeal of lower court rulings allowing the firefighters union to take pay and promotion grievances to binding arbitration.

The announcement is on the list of appeals that the court refused to hear.

The case involves a claim by the firefighters union that the city violated the National Labor Relations Commission’s unfair labor practices findings and its agreement with the union by failing to fill vacancies following the retirement of Battalion Chief Sil Caggiano in 2021.

The union also alleges the city has failed to pay back wages to other bargaining unit members who suffered financially due to delayed promotions resulting from the city eliminating a position in the Fire Battalion.

The city argued that the union’s complaints were not filed promptly, but that argument was rejected by both the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas and the appellate court.

In its opinion, the Ohio Supreme Court declined jurisdiction over the case, calling the timeliness of the complaint a “procedural issue” requiring a collective bargaining agreement determination, which must be made by an arbitrator.

“As a result, the City’s allegations of errors are without merit and the first-instance court’s decision upholding the motion to order arbitration is upheld,” Tuesday’s opinion concluded.

You can read the court’s opinion below: