The state Supreme Court will not hear the appeal of a former 911 dispatcher who said she is owed more than $600,000 in back wages after she was denied a position in the newly merged city-county 911 system in December 2004.
Rosanne Hendrick was awarded more than $645,000 from Common Pleas Judge Judith L.A. Friedman in January 2014. Ms. Hendrick was hired as a full-time dispatcher with the city of Pittsburgh in 1989 but was terminated in March 2004. However, after filing a grievance, she was restored to her position nine months later.
Ms. Hendrick learned, though, upon her return to work that when the city dispatch system merged with Allegheny County, her name was not included on the list of employees in good standing.
She sued the city individually for breaching her collective bargaining agreement with her union.
Attorneys for the city of Pittsburgh appealed Judge Friedman's ruling, and the Commonwealth Court in June reversed. The three-judge panel found that Ms. Hendrick was required to file a civil complaint against her union -- AFSCME -- and include allegations of conspiracy or collusion with the city of Pittsburgh, which she did not do.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied hearing the appeal without explanation.