Long Beach Firefighters Will Match Police Union’s Pension Offer

LONG BEACH, CA &#8211 Long Beach’s Firefighters Association Local 372’s president is now saying they will match a proposal by the Police Officers Association to start covering all the employee’s share of pension costs, but union officials say they want a promise that there won’t be a reduction of staffing in return.

“We’re going to give the city what they want,” Local 372 President Rich Brandt said. “They’re looking for the 9% employee pension cost and a second tier (with reduced pension benefits for new hires), and we’re ready to give them that. But in return, we want a guarantee that they will retain safe staffing for the city.”

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