WEST ALLIS, Wis. (WTAQ) - A judge is expected to decide on Friday whether it was okay for the West Allis Police and Fire Commission to ban smoking outside the city’s three fire stations.
Firefighters hired after 1995 cannot smoke on or off the job. But about 10 longer-serving officers were allowed to smoke at designated areas inside during their 24-hour work shifts until May. That’s when the commission banned smoking by anyone on Fire Department property, just a few weeks before the statewide workplace smoking ban had taken effect.
Negotiations then took place to let firefighters smoke in certain areas outside. But the commission rejected that, and the employee union took the city to court last month.
A judge was asked to approve the outdoor compromise until a permanent agreement can be made. The union has also filed a complaint with the State Employment Relations Commission, saying it should have a right to bargain over the issue.