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first_imgThe city of La Center wants to keep a wastewater treatment plant operator from returning to work after firing him for a second time.La Center and the union representing treatment plant operator Jeff Adler are nearing the end of employment arbitration following the city’s February decision to terminate him.It’s the second go-around between La Center and Adler. In 2011, the city terminated Adler from his position after he racked up a number of disciplinary violations, including allegations he changed settings at the wastewater treatment plant and nearly damaged the entire system.Following the termination, the city’s employee union successfully appealed the firing with the state’s Public Employee Relations Board.According to public records, the union argued Adler was not aware his job was in jeopardy and wasn’t given specific standards to use when making changes to the treatment plant system. PERC arbitrator James Paulson ordered the city to pay Adler $40,000 in back wages.Adler returned to work but was disciplined on Nov. 16, 2011, and again on Feb. 10, 2012. He was also suspended for leaving a wastewater mixer on and contaminating the clean water basin.last_img

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