GAUTIER — A Jackson County judge has rejected arguments from the Gautier Fire Union that its members were entitled to 24 hours of holiday pay, even if they didn’t work that day.
“The ruling … means Gautier was justified in providing eight hours of holiday pay for all employees,” Mayor Gordon Gollott told The Sun Herald.
Circuit Judge Kathy Jackson issued the ruling this past week. City officials announced it Tuesday.
Until December 2013, compensation was in line with the union contract, which provided holiday pay for those who worked a holiday shift.
In 2011, Gautier offered all police and fire employees eight hours of pay, in addition to on-duty pay.
“The police department accepted the offer, but the union rejected it,” said fire department spokesman Jason Pugh.
Gollott said the court determined that although the union declined the offer, firefighters were still entitled to eight hours of holiday pay prior to 2013.
Because of this ruling, Gollott said firefighters who did not receive their eight hours of pay for not working a holiday shift will be compensated for each holiday from 2010 to 2013.
“We are in total agreement with this ruling,” Gollott said. “It’s our aim to put these things behind us, and to move forward in a productive relationship with current union leaders.”