Local 73 http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Tweaks To New Pensions For City Firefighters Get First-Round Approval http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tweaks-new-pensions-city-firefighters-get-first-round-approval <p></p><p>The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is a step closer to addressing some legal concerns with its new pension system for firefighters.</p><p><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/115071517/Board-Bill-109FS">The measure</a> cleared a procedural hurdle today, 18-10. A final vote will take place next week, likely with a similar result.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:26:10 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 6948 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Tweaks To New Pensions For City Firefighters Get First-Round Approval Board of Aldermen takes first step in overhaul of firefighter pensions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/board-aldermen-takes-first-step-overhaul-firefighter-pensions <p>Though they waited until the last possible minute in the current session, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen has approved a measure that lays the ground for reforms to the pension system for its firefighters.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 20:19:52 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3497 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Board of Aldermen takes first step in overhaul of firefighter pensions Negotiators see progress on firefighter pensions, but minefields remain http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/negotiators-see-progress-firefighter-pensions-minefields-remain <p>All sides involved in the effort to bring down the cost of pensions for firefighters in the city of St. Louis say negotiations are going well.</p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 21:47:06 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3233 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Negotiators see progress on firefighter pensions, but minefields remain Reed lays out his plan for cuts to firefighter pensions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reed-lays-out-his-plan-cuts-firefighter-pensions <p>The dispute over the best way to reduce the cost of firefighter pensions in the city of St. Louis continued on Friday, with Lewis Reed, the president of the Board of Aldermen, laying out his plan.</p><p>Reed, whose <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/PresReed">Twitter feed</a> tracked the progress of a Thursday late-night meeting among himself, firefighters, and selected aldermen, says his plan will reduce the city&#39;s required contribution into the Fireman&#39;s Retirement System for next year by $7.6 million. Reed unveiled the plan at&nbsp;a City Hall news conference&nbsp;Friday.</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 21:25:41 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3146 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reed lays out his plan for cuts to firefighter pensions Political fight over firefighter pensions continues http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/political-fight-over-firefighter-pensions-continues <p>The political fight raging over Mayor Francis Slay&rsquo;s efforts to reform the pension system for St. Louis city firefighters continued at City Hall Friday.</p><p>The dispute <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/st-louis-mayor-s-pension-proposal-attracts-fire-on-first/article_82e7608c-20ca-520c-960e-513d4b595962.html">started last week</a> when board president Lewis Reed refused to assign the bills to a committee. Reed contends the board&#39;s rules give him until next Friday, Feb. 25, to make a decision.</p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:05:24 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3092 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Political fight over firefighter pensions continues Aldermanic committe opens discussion on firefighter pensions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/aldermanic-committe-opens-discussion-firefighter-pensions <p>Though they had <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/st-louis-mayor-s-pension-proposal-attracts-fire-on-first/article_82e7608c-20ca-520c-960e-513d4b595962.html">no legislation to officially consider</a>, members of the Public Employees&nbsp;Committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen spent almost three hours today discussing <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/slay-proposes-drastic-changes-city-firefighter-pensions">proposed changes</a> to&nbsp;the pension system for the city&#39;s firefighters.</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 22:47:08 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3064 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Aldermanic committe opens discussion on firefighter pensions Firefighters continue battle against proposed pension changes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/firefighters-continue-battle-against-proposed-pension-changes <p>St. Louis city firefighters took their objections to pension reform proposals from Mayor Francis Slay to City Hall on Friday, the day the legislation making the changes was formally introduced.</p><p>Firefighters say they don&#39;t object to the cost-saving proposals in the bills, including reduced disability payments for firefighters who can be retrained for a second career, and a two-tier system that could reduce pension benefits for new hires.</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 19:20:16 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3053 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Firefighters continue battle against proposed pension changes