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April 9, 2014

Judge nixes ex-constables' case against town

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The judge found that “the Teamsters has not met its burden of proof in establishing that Natalini and Harrington were terminated in retaliation for their union activities.”

The town’s “termination of the constables was grounded in neutral business reasons rather than anti-union animus,” Wlasuk wrote.

Wlasuk said the record “makes clear that Harrington and Natalini lacked respect for Wood and constantly challenged his authority as town supervisor.”

Harrington didn’t return a message left at his home Tuesday by 4:30 p.m., and a telephone number wasn’t immediately available for Natalini.

The town was “totally out of line” in its treatment of the constables, Roberta Dunker, representative of the local Teamsters union, said Tuesday.

The judge “didn’t understand what was going on at all,” she said, and PERB took too long in reviewing the case.

“I am shocked by the decision,” Dunker said. Similar cases have been appealed without success, she said.

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