Firefighters lose 3 percent raise with other city employees

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 18:15 PM.

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The IAFF proposals

Working with city officials to resolve a contract requirement for 3 percent firefighter raises— while raises for other city workers were eliminated— the International Association of Fire Fighters' local chapter proposed three cost-saving measures:

Restructure police and fire department dispatch unit to cut jobs: "Analysis of the proposal determined it would present hazards in dispatch to the detriment of the public safety services," the special magistrate's report stated.

Force retirement of all departmental employees, including management, with more than 20 years' satisfactory service. "During discussions about the ramifications of the proposal ... the president of the union withdrew this proposal," the report stated.

Fire the firehouse custodial contractor who "is doing a less than satisfactory job." Firefighters would clean their own firehouses under the proposal. "The city responded by pointing out that the contractor has a three-year binding contract with the city," eliminating the proposal from consideration, the report stated.

An impasse followed the proposals' consideration and rejection.



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