The writers out in Hollywood aren’t the only ones headed to the picket lines. The Little Rock chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union is planning to protest in front of City Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 5 p.m., before the next city board meeting. At issue: Stalled negotiations on whether the city should allow non-uniformed city employees who get fired the same appeals process currently afforded police officers and firefighters.
 
Jim Nickels is general counsel for the 199-member union. He said the decision to protest came after talks with the city today “didn’t go anywhere.”
 
“If an employee gets fired,” Nickels said, “the appeals process for a non-uniformed city employee stops with the city manager. For the police and fire, it goes to the civil service commission, so they have an outside entity looking at the decisions. We don’t have that… they don’t have to, so they don’t want to.”
 
Nickels is calling on all union workers to come join the protest.