Anne Arundel County's firefighters union has prevailed in its binding arbitration, keeping the current 42-hour work week, according to union president Craig Oldershaw. .
"It just means that we are being treated no differently than the rest of the county employees and we are not working a longer workweek," Oldershaw said Tuesday.
The county had proposed a schedule giving firefighters a 48-hour work week. It would have reduced the "one-day on, three days off" schedule to just two days off.
The decision leaves the county in a position of deciding how to staff what could amount to the equivalent of dozens of jobs, whether by hiring more firefighters or paying overtime.
A county spokesman could not be reached for comment.