Pandemic Impact On City Budget Leads To Possible Renegotiation Of Firefighter Contract

CHEYENNE, WY — Cheyenne’s Firefighters Union is speaking up about the possibility of renegotiations. Wyoming News Now spoke to the union president, Theron “TJ” Haws. He says the Union wants to help figure things out.

“If we are able to do any part to help with the budget,” Haws said, “We certainly will.”

Haws says the Mayor had approached the union about the cutting of longevity pay, and says that Chief Hoggatt has proposed laying off three probationary firefighters. But Haws adds the union has not yet been invited to renegotiate. Haws says that there may be a better solution if both sides can sit down and talk.

“I think there are other opportunities and other ways to make those savings,” he said, “To come together collectively to make the right choices for the citizens of Cheyenne. Cutting three probationary firefighters is not the way.”

Meanwhile, City Council President Dr. Mark Rinne says the meeting on Wednesday was not to begin negotiations but to see if and how they might be done.

From Wyoming News Now