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City Acknowledges Firefighters Union Gathered Sufficient Signatures For Item On Pay Parity

The HPFFA urges the City ‘to respect the will of the voters’ and put the issue on the ballot

Marty Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, speaks at a press conference held at the entrance to the City Hall Annex building, in downtown Houston.
This file photo shows Patrick ‘Marty’ Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA) (center), during a press conference held at the entrance to the City Hall Annex building, in downtown Houston. The City’s Secretary Anna Russell has acknowledged the HPFFA has submitted enough signatures asking for a ballot initiative about establishing pay parity between local firefighters and police officers.

The City of Houston acknowledged this week the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA) has submitted enough qualified signatures asking for a ballot initiative to establish pay parity between local firefighters and officers of the Houston Police Department (HPD).

Back in July of 2017, the HPFFA submitted a package of signatures to the City’s Secretary Anna Russell.

According to section 9.004 of the Texas Local Government Code, the number of required qualified signatures for a petition to call an election to amend a City Charter is 20,000.

On Thursday, Russell notified Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the members of the City Council that her office has checked 26,708 signatures and has found that 20,228 of them are verified.

Patrick M. ‘Marty’ Lancton, president of the HPFFA, said in a news release they are urging the City of Houston “to respect the will of the voters and put this issue on the next election ballot in November 2018.”

The HPFFA’s news release noted that major American cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas have pay parity between firefighters and police officers.

You can read the memo on the number of verified signatures that City Secretary Anna Russell sent to Mayor Turner and the Houston City Council here:

You can read the document the City of Houston’s Secretary Anna Russell presented to the 269th State District Court acknowledging the HPFFA’s petition is supported by at least 20,000 qualified voters here:

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