Mayor's Office

Press Release

Mayor Parker Releases Statement on Impasse with Fire Union




July 31, 2014 -- It is unfortunate the union has chosen to walk away from the bargaining table.  The city had made an offer that was fair to the rank and file and the taxpayers who cover their paychecks.  Like any other business, the city has to know how many workers are to be off on any given day.  Without this ability to plan ahead, it is impossible to know if there will be adequate staffing available to avoid taking fire trucks or ambulances out of service.  It would be fiscally irresponsible to agree to any pay hikes or other contract benefits without some assurance that the rank and file is going to be willing to commit to showing up for work when scheduled.