Category Archives: Stockton Professional Firefighters Local 456

More on labor negotiations

Today’s story on City Hall’s latest budget crisis chess move focused mostly on labor negotiations with the police officers union in part because that union is the biggest labor group (in terms of dollars, not members) with a closed contract still talking. (Though you have to wonder how the union’s latest real estate pursuits – […]

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Police union’s modified offer (updated)

So tonight we are likely to see another fiscal emergency declaration as City Hall puts pressure on its unions to agree to pay and benefit cuts. Police union leaders late yesterday provided some details from a Monday meeting with city negotiatiors, where they said they made an offer that modifies one made last week (click […]

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Fiscal emergency notes

Stockton’s budget crisis is heating up. As noted in Sunday’s article about the bankruptcy option (and how it played out in Vallejo), the City Council Tuesday night is likely to declare another fiscal emergency, a move used last year to impose concessions on workers when City Hall couldn’t reach new labor agreements. In another telling […]

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Still here

A letter from the firefighters union sent my way today assures the public that, despite news reports of  lawsuits involving the fire chief, it’s still business-as-usual responding to emergencies for rank-and-file firefighters.

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Fire union: Proposed cuts “catastrophic”

Stockton’s fire union today sent a strongly worded letter to the City Council as it begins the public portion of its budget deliberations. Click here to see the fire union’s letter, in which president and Fire Capt. Dave Macedo warns against such cuts and says firefighters are willing to negotiate savings to avoid such deep […]

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Questions about firefighter funds in Sacramento

The Sacramento Bee reports that the millions in firefighter grant funds announced last week for fire agencies up north may not in fact be a budget panacea. Click here to see the paper’s story. Stockton City Hall has been reluctant to pursue this grant money, despite pleas from the firefighters union.

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Firefighter grant funds up north (updated)

More than 50 new firefighters will be hired in Sacramento under a federal grant program, The Sacramento Bee reports. The money is coming from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program, which Stockton’s fire union has been pushing the city to pursue during its ongoing labor dispute. Stockton City Hall, in turn, […]

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Some four-day weekend reading

• Stockton City Hall is closed for four days beginning today. Monday is President Lincoln’s birthday. • Officials return Tuesday to a City Council meeting. Here’s the agenda if you need some reading (7MB file). • If you’d rather catch up on the final days of the interminable fire union vs. City Hall labor arbitration, […]

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Today in arbitration

The firefighters union and City Hall wrapped up seven days of testimony (over five months) in labor arbitration over budget-saving measures the City Council imposed last year, including suspending scheduled pay raises and closing a fire truck company. It still will likely be a couple of months before arbitrator Alexander Cohn issues a decision on […]

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Where’s the financial report?

During Monday’s fire union arbitration hearing, the union’s finance witness accused City Hall of delaying the issuance of its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the audit of the numbers for the previous fiscal year (ended June 30). John Johns testified he believed that report will be the best indicator of whether Stockton is in fact facing […]

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