While it may remain an unofficial charter, the Roswell Professional Firefighters Union Local 1249 will have no rights to bargain on behalf of its employees and will not be certified as the exclusive representative. Of the 71 firefighters through the rank of lieutenant who are eligible to vote, 52 cast ballots, with 22 in favor of the union and 30 against it, during the election for representation Monday at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center. This was one of the steps necessary for Local 1249 to be recognized by the city as a union.
In February, the three-member Labor Management Relations Board for the city of Roswell reached a unanimous decision allowing Roswell Fire Department lieutenants to be included in a collective bargaining unit. On Oct. 26, the board first held an all-day hearing on the merits of the petition for representation filed by the Roswell Professional Firefighters Local 1249. The city argued that due to their supervisory powers, lieutenants should be excluded from the bargaining unit. Members of the RFD, including then-Deputy Chief Chad Hamill and then-Fire Chief James Salas, served as witnesses during the hearing.
The firefighters will have to wait another year before holding another election.