St. Louis Firefighters continue to fight to save their pension system — despite a court ruling that found the city has the authority to change the plan.
No end in sight with the ongoing battles between the Monarch Fire Protection District Board and its employees. The latest controversy surrounds the elimination of the Public Education officer position.
The board cited budget concerns in firing its PEO but then voted to acquire $5 million insurance policies for board members.
The new layoff date is now October 15. Mayor Alvin Parks says that while he is hopeful the layoffs might be eliminated altogether, obligations, such as back-pay, must be met.
Fire Chief Jason Blackman says they are victims of grant money, about to run out.
Laid-off firefighters in the village of Washington Park say they’ll work as volunteers through the 4th of July when fireworks generally cause about 10 fires.
The measure would prohibit local governments from restricting the political activities of first responders while they’re off-duty and out of uniform.
The layoffs will happen because a three-year, $3.3 million federal grant runs out at the end of March.
The St. Louis Firefighters ended up smoking the competition.
Current firefighters already threatening legal action if passed.