The Rhode Island State Labor Relations Board has ruled that the decision to put North Kingstown firefighters on 24 hour shifts was unlawful.
The decision came down Friday.
North Kingstown firefighters have been working 24 hour shifts since March of 2012.
At that time, the North Kingstown Town Council increased their work week by 14 hours a week, and gave firefighters a 10 percent pay increase.
The firefighters union contended the new working conditions were unsafe.
The Labor Board ruled the council reduced firefighters' wages, while increasing their hours of work and changed other terms and conditions of their employment.
The board ordered a return to the previous schedule,
and ruled the firefighters are to collect back pay
On their web site, union president Raymond Furtado said
the back wages and interest will exceed $2.5 million dollars.
Firefighters expect to return to their previous terms and conditions of employment within the next forty-eight hours
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