Chicago Inspector Takes Aim At Firefighters’ Uniform Allowance

Chicago taxpayers are shelling out $5 million-a-year to provide a uniform allowance to firefighters that’s more like an “automatic cash bonus” because it’s “completely unmoored from any determination of actual need or use,” Inspector General Joe Ferguson concluded Wednesday. Four years ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel took aim at treasured union perks that included the clothing […]

Death Of Memphis Firefighter Raises Questions About Toll Of Job

MEMPHIS, TN – Fire Station #37 is missing one of its own. A flag has been lowered in honor of Fire Lt. Rodney Eddins. The 30-year veteran was inside a burning home when he collapsed. “It’s a physical demanding job and a mental demanding job,” said Thomas Malone, the head of the Memphis Firefighters Union. […]

City Threatening Legal Action Over Firefighter Pension Issue

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The city of Springfield is preparing to take legal action against its fire pension board if it doesn’t comply with a state Department of Insurance opinion advising it to stop factoring double-time holiday pay into firefighter pension calculations, the city’s top attorney said Tuesday. The board at a special meeting in November […]

Firefighters Lose Cal Fire Demotion Appeals

The tense relationship between Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott and the union representing about 6,500 state firefighters he manages just got worse. This time the twist of the labor-relations screw came last week from a State Personnel Board ruling on an unusual case: Three Cal Fire captains who were demoted one rank by Director Ken […]