firefighters

Domestic partner benefits
1:00 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Slay wants domestic partner benefits for firefighters

Mayor Francis Slay wants to amend his controversial firefighter pension reforms to include domestic partner benefits.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

An effort by St. Louis mayor Francis Slay to get the spiraling cost of firefighter pensions under control also allow the same sex-partners of city firefighters to get survivor benefits if their partner is killed in the line of duty.

"This is something that could not be done at the state level, would not be done at the state level, which is another reason we want to get local control of the firefighter pensions here in St. Louis," Slay said.

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Politics - Firefighter pension overhaul
3:19 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Board of Aldermen takes first step in overhaul of firefighter pensions

Current and retired firefighters watch the Board of Aldermen debate reforms to their pension system on April 16, 2012.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

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firefighter pensions
6:03 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Mo. House committee passes STL firefigher pensions bill

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A Missouri House committee has unanimously passed a bill that would make cuts to firefighter pensions in St. Louis, but not before committee members made a few changes to the legislation.

New St. Louis firefighters would pay in 9 percent of their salaries, instead of 8 percent as originally proposed, and applicants would have to disclose any pre-existing injuries and conditions before being hired.  New hires would still get back 25 percent of what they pay in as originally proposed.  It’s sponsored by State Rep. Mike Leara (R, Sunset Hills).

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firefighter pensions
9:30 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

STL firefighter pensions bill heard by Mo. House committee

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A Missouri House committee heard testimony Monday on legislation that would make cuts to the pension system for St. Louis firefighters.

The bill would not go as far as a proposal made by Mayor Francis Slay:  Among the differences, Slay’s plan would have all firefighters put 9 percent of their salaries into the system, and new hires would not get any of that money back upon retirement.  The bill in the State House would have new firefighters put in 8 percent, and upon retirement would get back 25 percent of what they paid in.  F.I.R.E. Chairman and St. Louis firefighter Abram Pruitt, Junior, traveled to Jefferson City to support the bill.

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Pension meetings
3:47 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Negotiators see progress on firefighter pensions, but minefields remain

Union president Chris Molitor (in tan jacket) updates the Public Safety committee and others on March 8, 2012 on the progress of negotiations over changes to firefighter pensions.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

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Firefighter pensions
3:25 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Reed lays out his plan for cuts to firefighter pensions

Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed (center bottom) outlines a deal he has reached with firefighters on reductions to their pensions - a deal not supported by Mayor Francis Slay.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

Reed, whose Twitter feed tracked the progress of a Thursday late-night meeting among himself, firefighters, and selected aldermen, says his plan will reduce the city's required contribution into the Fireman's Retirement System for next year by $7.6 million. Reed unveiled the plan at a City Hall news conference Friday.

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Pensions and politics
2:05 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Political fight over firefighter pensions continues

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The political fight raging over Mayor Francis Slay’s efforts to reform the pension system for St. Louis city firefighters continued at City Hall Friday.

The dispute started last week when board president Lewis Reed refused to assign the bills to a committee. Reed contends the board's rules give him until next Friday, Feb. 25, to make a decision.

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Firefighter pensions
4:47 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Aldermanic committe opens discussion on firefighter pensions

Alds. Craig Schmid, Jennifer Florida, Scott Ogilvie and Tom Villa (R-L) listen to city operations director Sam Dotson present on Mayor Slay's pension plan.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Though they had no legislation to officially consider, members of the Public Employees Committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen spent almost three hours today discussing proposed changes to the pension system for the city's firefighters.

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Firefighter pensions
1:20 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Firefighters continue battle against proposed pension changes

IAFF Local 73 president Chris Molitor, front, outlines his union's objections to proposed pension changes at City Hall on February 10, 2012.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

Firefighters say they don'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.

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Firefighter pensions
11:52 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Slay proposes drastic changes to city firefighter pensions

Mayor Francis Slay is proposing major changes to the firefighter's pension system that could reduce benefits for new hires.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 12:20 p.m. with comments from the firefighters union.

Updated at 3:55 p.m. with timeframe, and more comments from Mayor Slay and the union.

Saying the current system is financially unsustainable and could result in huge reductions to city services, Mayor Francis Slay has officially unveiled his plan to change pensions for the St. Louis city firefighters.

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