Budget relief: firefighters union proposal would trim incentive pay

Crestview Fire Department truck
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Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

CRESTVIEW — As city departments work to balance the budget, a firefighters union proposal would decrease its members' take-home pay between 3 and 5 percent, its president said.

Crestview Firefighters Association members have agreed to offer to forego incentive pay and a quarterly $90 uniform allowance, Capt. Jim Poirrier said during Monday’s Crestview City Council meeting.

All that is needed is to iron out details and sign a memorandum of agreement with City Clerk Betsy Roy, Poirrier said.

"The membership was eager to step forward to do what we can do" to help reduce the department's expenses, he said.

Poirrier said the union asked the department's management to agree to accepting the same cuts in their own pay, but was told "no" by Chief Joe Traylor, Poirrier said. "That hurts."

Traylor said he can't speak for non-union firefighters, whose ranks include management-level officers.

For starters, he said, non-union firefighters don’t receive a uniform allowance or incentive pay, which, Poirrier explained, is up to $175 paid atop firefighters' base pay for attaining certification in various professional specialties.

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