Court Rejects Appeal Of Arbitrator's Ruling Reinstating 16 Fired Radio/TV Marti Employees
May 21, 2014 at 4:05 AM (PT)
A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal by the OFFICE OF CUBA BROADCASTING of the BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS of a 2010 arbitrator's ruling that held the operator of CUBA-targeted RADIO/TV MARTI violated a collective bargaining agreement in laying off 16 employees.
The U.S. District Court of Appeals in WASHINGTON ruled that it has no jurisdiction in the case.
The MIAMI HERALD reports that the suit filed by the employees alleged that the layoffs when funding for the operation was reduced by about $4.2 million by Congress, the 16 employees were selected for layoff by then-OCB head PEDRO ROIG based on personal biases, and the filing sought to win the employees their jobs back, plus back pay that AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES Local 1812 President TIMOTHY SHAMBLE estimated at about $10 million plus benefits and legal costs.