CLEVELAND, Ohio – The International Association of Fire Fighters, the parent organization of the Cleveland Fire Fighters Union, has decided to reprimand Cleveland chief Angelo Calvillo.
The resolution cites complaints about safety and equipment, disciplinary action and policy changes, as well as numerous complaints filed by the union.
A letter from the international union dated this week was sent to Calvillo informing him of the unanimous vote. The vote took place at the Congress of the International Union in January.
With the criticism that Local 93 firefighters represented, the Association of Cleveland Fire Fighters renewed its call for Calvillo to be fired.
“We just ask that the administration keep the department head to the same standard that our members adhere to every day. Nothing more, nothing less, “Francis Lally Jr., president of Local 93 and fire department lieutenant, said in a statement Thursday.
Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration had no immediate comment.
The union has filed numerous complaints and lawsuits against the chief and the city.
Fire fighters have complained about working conditions in fire stations and have raised occupational safety concerns regarding staff and equipment.
The boss has repeatedly violated the collective agreement and taken measures that would have led to more than 130 named violations of this contract in 2020 alone, Local 93 said in its statement.
In 2019 The union has issued a vote of no confidence. More than 600 of the 620 voting members supported the denomination of confidence.
A lawsuit was filed in 2019 requesting Calvillo’s dismissal for alleged violations of Cleveland public service regulations is pending in the Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals.