Battle over St. Louis firefighters benefit cuts moves on to Board of Aldermen - KMOV.com

Battle over St. Louis firefighters benefit cuts moves on to Board of Aldermen

(KMOV) -- Firefighters in St. Louis spoke out against a plan to reduce holidays, eliminate extra pay for overnight shifts, and cut three compensation days a year.

So far, the city says it has reached agreements with 10 other employee unions to make cuts as the city tries to close a projected $46 million budget gap. Other city employees will take five furlough days and accept a freeze to a sick leave policy that lets them supplement their retirement plans.

The firefighters union says proposed cuts will hit firefighters harder as most work weekends, holidays, and overnight shifts.

Firefighters pleaded their case to the Civil Service Commission on Wednesday evening.

The commission is expected to give its recommendation to the Board of Alderman at 8 a.m. on Thursday morning -

During a meeting at the Carnahan courthouse downtown, the commission voted to move the decision on the cuts to the Board of Aldermen. The board will discuss the issue on Tuesday.

Diana Zoga is a general assignment reporter at News4.  Contact her at dzoga@kmov.com or follow Diana on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/DIANAZOGA

 

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