I-Team: Arbitrator rules that Cleveland police vacation cannot be restricted during RNC

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CLEVELAND – The Fox 8 I-Team has learned an arbitrator ruled in favor of Cleveland Police officers seeking to take vacation during the Republican National Convention. But they won’t actually get time off.

We reviewed the ruling. The arbitrator decided the officers should get call-in overtime pay.

The police union has said about 50 Cleveland officers each week are on vacation. The battle between the union and the city involved a 3-week period around the Convention in July. So the arbitrator ruled 50 officers a week during that 3-week period will now get the overtime pay instead of the time off.

Union President Steve Loomis says that will mean about an extra $1700 for each of those officers.

Among the reasons listed by the arbitrator against actual time off—city security concerns.

At a recent city council hearing, police said there would be no vacations in the department around the time of the RNC due to special security operations downtown and in the neighborhood.