California’s Firefighter Union Is Poised To Get A Rare Perk: Guaranteed Raises, Forever

California wildfire firefighters could be in for a big pay raise soon through a rare legislative move that would require the state to boost their salaries automatically, effectively cutting the governor’s office out of negotiations over their wages.

For years, the California Department of Forestry and Protection – or Cal Fire – has been unable to compete with local departments that offer better salaries and in turn, has been losing its members at an escalating pace, union leaders say.

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