As Layoffs Loom, Oxnard Moves To Increase Health Care Contributions For Firefighters

The Oxnard City Council approved a significant increase to health care contributions for firefighters on Tuesday, a move that followed a similar agreement made for police officers. The higher payments to public safety health insurance comes as the city faces impending employee layoffs and a $9.2 million gap in its general fund. Under the contract with the International Association […]

Atlanta Fire Union: Firefighter Staffing Shortages Dangerous

A union leader says the city is not getting all it can get out of fire personnel performance. The reason, says Paul Gerdis, is the mandatory overtime policy fire commanders have instituted due to staffing shortages. He told city council members late Wednesday that it is impossible to fill many fire companies without requiring firefighters to work more […]