PRESS RELEASE: RE: FIRE FIGHTER LAY-OFFS - 18 December 2014
By Matthew Lowery, East Pierce Firefighters IAFF Local 3520
1:13 AM PST, December 19, 2014
It is sad and disappointing that the fire district has taken the drastic step to lay off 7 personnel one week before Christmas. This is a situation that did not have to happen. We have offered the fire district 1.3 million dollars in wage, contract and working condition concessions and the district has made the choice to reject that offer and lay off personnel instead. At a time when we are already severely understaffed, this only makes the situation worse and puts citizen and firefighter safety at risk. This year the department has spent more than 3 times what was budgeted on overtime, laying people off will only make that situation worse and cost even more money. We have a strong track record of giving concessions when the district is having a hard time financially and this year is no different, for whatever reason, unlike in years past, the district has rejected all of our offers to help. We are willing to try and find a solution to the problem that allows everyone to keep their jobs, and we hope the fire district feels the same.
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