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Another lawsuit could come up between Sheridan and firefighters


Another court case between Sheridan firefighters and the city could start up again.

Three years ago five firefighters were denied a five percent pay increase after city leaders put a pay freeze on all city employees, which still stands.

The State Supreme Court ruled in the firefighters favor earlier this year.

Now three more firefighters, Greg Luhman, Gary Harnish, and Klay Condos, say they earned the same raise this past year, but the city council unanimously voted against giving out the raise at its Monday meeting.

The local firefighters' union president, George Neeson, says the contracts have kept the same language since 2010.

"They've never actually approached us with language that even asks for a pay freeze since the last contract issue or the last litigation," said Neeson.

Counselor John Heath said the court ruling only affected the 2010 contract and did not bind future councils to approve these types of raises.

Neeson says he will ask the firefighters what they would like to do next and has not ruled out legal action.

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