Manchester cop charged with running down Bedford teens fights firing
The hearing means that Coco, who has yet to stand trial on criminal charges stemming from the accident, could know his job status before his case goes to trial.
An arbitration involves a neutral referee. Like a judge, the arbitrator hears boths sides of a dispute, which in this case deals with whether Mara followed the union contract correctly when he fired Coco.
Arnold said the arbitration took place in his office conference room. He said he disclosed the subject of the hearing because of widespread knowledge that Coco had been fired.
The arbitration hearing will have some monetary effect on Coco. If he can prove he should not have been fired, he would have particular benefits, such as a payout of accumulated sick time, available to him, Arnold said.
Arnold said a deadline for him to submit briefs is Nov. 19, and an arbitrator usually submits a decision within 30 days. Either side could have asked the arbitrator to delay the hearing, but neither side did so, Arnold said.
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