Houston Fireplace Union president Marty Lancton will get a job again on the town with again cost, arbitration guidelines

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – After eight months with no paycheck, the president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Union is getting his job back in town with back payment.

On Monday morning, a referee ruled the City of Marty Lancton wrongly dismissed on disciplinary grounds in January. He said he hasn’t received a city paycheck since late 2020. He got a small grant from the union.

Lancton is a Houston firefighter but is assigned to the union by a memorandum of understanding with the city.

The arbitrator ruled that when Houston Fire Department chief Samuel Peña decided to end this memorandum, he failed to give Lancton proper notice and violated his due process rights.

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Peña and the City of Houston argued that Lancton never signed the memo and it was void. Lancton said he did. The referee was on the side of the union president.

The timing of the shooting raised some eyebrows. It came in the midst of a long battle between the union and the city over a new contract.

Firefighters have been without one since 2017. The actual date of Lancton’s resignation coincided with the opening day of the last regular session of the Texas Legislature, traditionally attended by the union president.

BREAKING UPDATE: Referee decides Houston Fire Union Pres. Marty Lancton is getting his job back in town after being fired in January. The arbitrator says the city has broken due process and Lancton owes arrears. @ abc13houston ORIGINAL REPORT: https://t.co/W7DlMYB9tc

– Ted Oberg (@ TedABC13) July 19, 2021

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