firefighters http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Fate Of New Pension Plan For St. Louis City Firefighters Up To Court Of Appeals http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fate-new-pension-plan-st-louis-city-firefighters-court-appeals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri Court of Appeals heard arguments today over whether or not the city of St. Louis' new pension plan for firefighters will hold. Officials say the plan will save St. Louis almost $4 million a year. The union representing the firefighters doesn't dispute the cost savings, but says the city had no right to pass the plan in the first place.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:29:39 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 34335 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fate Of New Pension Plan For St. Louis City Firefighters Up To Court Of Appeals Legal Battle Resumes Over Changes To Pensions For St. Louis City Firefighters http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/legal-battle-resumes-over-changes-pensions-st-louis-city-firefighters <p>The Missouri Court of Appeals will hear arguments tomorrow on whether the city of St. Louis had the right to make changes to the pension benefits it offers its firefighters.</p><p>In <a href="http://mayorslay.com/blog/post.php?postID=17424" target="_blank">lobbying for the changes</a> in 2012, Mayor Francis Slay cited the financial burden pensions were beginning to place on the city. Its budget for fiscal year 2013 included a $31 million contribution to the system, up from $23 million the year before.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 02:50:50 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 34306 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Legal Battle Resumes Over Changes To Pensions For St. Louis City Firefighters 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 St. Louis Firefighters Win Court Fight Over Residency http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-firefighters-win-court-fight-over-residency <p><em>Updated at 4:30 p.m. with comments from Jeff Rainford.</em></p><p>St. Louis city firefighters who have served at least seven years with the department will be able to move outside the city boundaries.</p><p>The Missouri Supreme Court ruled today that the Missouri Legislature was within its rights in 2010 to pass&nbsp;<a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C300-399/3200000097.HTM">a law</a> overriding local residency requirements for fire departments in cities where the school district is unaccredited or provisionally accredited.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:14:28 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 6381 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Firefighters Win Court Fight Over Residency Mo. police, firefighters unions endorse Senator McCaskill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-police-firefighters-unions-endorse-senator-mccaskill <p>One day after the Missouri Farm Bureau <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-farm-bureau-pac-reaffirms-akin-endorsement">reaffirmed its support for Congressman Akin</a>,&nbsp;Senator Claire McCaskill announced endorsements from the Missouri chapters of the firefighters and police unions. &nbsp;During a conference call, the incumbent Democrat praised the two groups.</p><p>"You know, none of the people who go into this line of work do it for the money," McCaskill said. "What they're looking for is a way to serve and give back and have a salary for their families."</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:59:22 +0000 Chris McDaniel 4584 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. police, firefighters unions endorse Senator McCaskill Board of Aldermen greenlights firefighter pension reform http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/board-aldermen-greenlights-firefighter-pension-reform <p>Mayor Francis Slay scored a decisive victory Friday in his months-long battle to rein in firefighter pension costs. In a 17 to 10 vote, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved major reforms to the department&rsquo;s retirement system, cutting benefits, raising payments, and preventing full retirement until age 55.</p><p>Slay&rsquo;s office estimates the changes will save the city $8 million a year in pension costs that have more than quadrupled in the last five years.</p><p>Mayor Slay&rsquo;s Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford says the reforms are necessary and protect taxpayers.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:20:53 +0000 Joseph Leahy 4116 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Board of Aldermen greenlights firefighter pension reform Legislative saga over firefighter pensions should end on Friday http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/legislative-saga-over-firefighter-pensions-should-end-friday <p>After five months of debate, major reforms to the pensions for firefighters in St. Louis City are about to become law.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 19:54:15 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 4110 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Legislative saga over firefighter pensions should end on Friday Ill. law ensures police, others can do roadside charity http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-law-ensures-police-others-can-do-roadside-charity <p>Now, no one in Illinois can stop firefighters or police officers from collecting charitable donations on roads - even if they wanted to.</p><p>Under a new Illinois law, public safety officials can&#39;t be denied permits to collect money for charities from drivers along roadsides. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law Friday and it takes effect immediately.</p><p>The governor&#39;s office says Illinois is the sixth state to adopt such a law. The others are Florida, Nebraska, Texas, California and North Carolina.</p> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 13:29:44 +0000 The Associated Press 3925 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. law ensures police, others can do roadside charity Firemen’s Retirement System of St. Louis sues city over pension issue http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/firemen-s-retirement-system-st-louis-sues-city-over-pension-issue <p><strong>Updated at 3:35 following actions by committee.</strong></p><p>Attorneys for the Trustees of the Firemen&#39;s Retirement System of St. Louis announced today that they&#39;ve filed a five-count lawsuit against the City of St. Louis regarding the ongoing pension issue.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:33:41 +0000 Kelsey Proud & Rachel Lippmann 3889 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Firemen’s Retirement System of St. Louis sues city over pension issue Slay ties firefighter pension reform to police cuts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/slay-ties-firefighter-pension-reform-police-cuts <p>St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says cutting the fire department&rsquo;s pension costs will enable the city to take 30 police jobs off the chopping block.</p><p>The Board of Police Commissioners voted Monday to hold onto 30 of the 80 police positions this year&rsquo;s budget eliminates through attrition, but only if a pension reform bill is passed by the Board of Alderman.</p><p>Slay says the bill, which requires firefighters to pay more into the system and prevents full retirement benefits until age 55, would save the city more than $8 million.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 23:17:28 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3885 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Slay ties firefighter pension reform to police cuts