ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–They warned they would do it, and now they have. St. Louis Firefighters file a lawsuit to try to block Mayor Slay’s plan to overhaul the firefighters’ pension system.

The six-count suit, filed by the Firemen’s Retirement System of St. Louis, seeks a temporary restraining order, an injunction and declaratory judgement against the city of St. Louis.

The lawsuit aims to stop cold Mayor Slay’s effort to opt out of the current state-supervised system, and create a new system locally controlled.  Slay’s plan is now working its way through the board of aldermen.

The Mayor has warned local control is essential to control runaway costs of the system, which he blames for cutbacks in funding to police, firefighters and other city services. 

Firefighters fear that without social security, they’d be left strapped in retirement, if local politicians have the power to cut their benefits.

Copyright KMOX

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