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Firefighters in shift trade scandal enter 'no contest' pleas

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Eleven of twelve Cleveland Firefighters involved in the shift-trade scandal have agreed to plead no contest to their charges.

The firefighters were accused of paying others to work their shifts. In fact some of the firefighters hardly ever worked. They were able to have a second full time job and earn two separate incomes. 

Officials were tipped off about the wrongdoings after an investigation by 19 Action News reporter Ed Gallek in 2011. Gallek revealed exclusively some firefighters get full pay and benefits though they rarely work. At the time, we were told they claim they're trading shifts, but they never work for anyone else.

As part of the plea, the following disciplines were accepted;

  • No back pay from May 15, 2013 through February 10, 2014
  • Assignments at the discretion of the Chief of Fire; however, they retain their transfer rights in the collective bargaining agreement with one exception: they are not eligible to transfer into the same battalion that they were assigned to at the time of the indictment for a period of one year from yesterday (Tuesday, Feb. 25)
  • Ineligible to participate in shift trades for a period of six months from yesterday's date (Tues. Feb. 25)
  • The Union and each employee waived their legal right to grieve the imposed discipline

One firefighter plead "not guilty". He was found guilty and received the following discipline;

  • No back pay from May 15, 2013 through February 10, 2014
  • Assignment at the discretion of the Chief of Fire
  • Ineligible to transfer from that assignment for a period of one year from Tues. Feb. 25.
  • Ineligible to participate in shift trades for a period of one year from Tues. Feb. 25.

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