San Bernardino, Fire Union Resolve $40 Million In Claims

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – An agreement between the city and its firefighter union that ends more than $40 million worth of disputes is now final, with approval from both sides. The City Council voted 6-0 Monday to approve the settlement, one week after approving a tentative version of the plan in closed session. “Reaching equitable settlements are essential to exiting bankruptcy,” City Attorney Gary Saenz said in a written…

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Judge Says Paramedic Not Negligent For Ambulance Running Out Of Gas At White House

WASHINGTON, DC – The summer of 2013 delivered one public relations punch after another to the D.C. fire department. Top officials admitted they didn’t know how many vehicles they had. Ambulances were catching fire idling at emergency calls. Delays getting patients to hospitals seemed routine. On Aug. 8 of that year, an ambulance assigned to President Obama’s motorcade ran out of gas on the South Lawn of the White…

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DC To Pay Firefighters $45 Million In Overtime

WASHINGTON, DC – With a stroke of the pen on Saturday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has ended the District’s 14-year labor dispute with its firefighters union, agreeing to terms that will pay firefighters between $45 million and $49 million in back pay for unpaid overtime. “I believe firmly, as a manager of over 30,000 people, that when you work you should get paid what you’re owed,” Bowser said, as…

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