Rift in St. Louis Fire Department Over Pension Negotiations
ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-As negotiations continue with the city over pension and budget issues, a rift is forming among St. Louis firefighters.
The Firefighters Institute for Racial Equality, which represents most of the department’s African-American firefighters, says IFF Local 73 officials are not including them and their concerns in the talks.
Local 73 President Christopher Molitor tells KMOX that the local is the firefighters’ official bargaining unit and he says he’d be more than happy to speak with FIRE officials, “We have been involved in this process for several months. It’s been a very long and ongoing process, and they certainly have had every opportunity to contact me, which they have not done. They have not contacted me in several months on the issue.”
FIRE issued a statement saying that while it realizes the city’s financial situation, it is opposed to any changes in the firefighters’ retirement system without input from every stakeholder.
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