Houston’s glow kinship sued a city Wednesday alleging Mayor Sylvester Turner’s administration unsuccessful to act “in good faith” during agreement negotiations, sharpening tensions between firefighters and City Hall.
The lawsuit filed in state District Court comes only dual days before firefighters’ “evergreen” labor agreement with a city expires.
Come Saturday, their practice will be governed by a multiple of city bidding and state law until a new understanding is reached.
City Council unanimously authorized updates to internal law Wednesday morning that include less auspicious practice terms for firefighters, dictated as a “stop-gap measure” until a city and glow kinship determine on a new contract.
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Turner pronounced he offering several times to extend a evergreen another 30 days, though a glow kinship deserted his offer.
“When we contend no, what do we design a city to do?” he said, reiterating that a administration wants to strech a understanding with firefighters. “They done their choice.”
Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association President Marty Lancton had doubtful a mayor’s comment final week, observant a city never offering to extend a evergreen terms.
After Turner publicly offering a kinship an event to extend Wednesday – that a kinship did not accept – Lancton said, “We only wanted a third celebration to come in and contend what’s fair.”
Scores of firefighters in yellow kinship shirts assimilated Lancton during an afternoon convene outward City Hall to criticism a city’s actions.
Many hold signs touting slogans like “We save others. Who will save us?” and “Reduced staffing means reduced safety,” as kinship leaders spoke into a megaphone.
“What do we want?” one asked.
“When do we wish it?”
Turner, expecting litigation, had cut brief Wednesday’s legislature contention about firefighters’ practice terms, revelation legislature members, “I don’t wish to go most serve than we are.”