The battle between the city of Watertown and its fire department will go before an Appellate Court judge in May.
The union representing the firefighters is legally challenging a decision made by City Council to demote eight captains last summer. Officials claim the move saves about $100,000 a year, but the union says the city doesn't have the authority to make those type of cuts.
According to the Watertown Daily Times, the case will be heard in Rochester on May 24.
Both the union and the city have been involved in a bitter dispute, as the department itself has been without a contract now for almost three years.