As the seven rehired city roads crew workers finish their first week back on the job, comes word the city brought them back to strengthen the case against the other 22 fired employees.
The Hamilton Spectator is reporting City Manager Chris Murray sent an email, saying the re-hiring of the group will help in the arbitration process in the long term.
The workers were fired in January in a theft of time scandal.
A Ryerson Labour Relations specialist says in an arbitration it's up to the City of Hamilton to justify its actions, and bringing the seven workers back shows the city is considering each case individually.
The city is still investigating supervisors and superintendents in the public works department,
as well as allegations that the workers dumped or sold city asphalt.
It will be weeks before there's an update on the investigation.