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City Of Houston Sends Layoff Notices To 47 Municipal Workers Because Of Firefighter Raises

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Patrick ‘Marty’ Lancton, president of the firefighters union, have made some progress on implementing Prop. B, but there’s no final agreement.

Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media
Houston City Hall.

The City of Houston has sent layoff notices to 47 municipal workers.

The Office of Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a news release Friday afternoon that the 60-day notices impact workers at the city's Parks and Recreation, Library, Administration and Regulatory Affairs and Health departments.

Last week, 67 fire cadets received notice they will be laid off. The City Council is scheduled to vote on layoffs of firefighters next Wednesday, April 17.

The pending firefighter and municipal worker layoffs are directly tied to the city's implementation of Proposition B, which voters approved last November and establishes pay parity between the local and fire departments.

Turner’s office underlined that Prop B came without a funding source and “adds to the city's bottom-line an annual $80 million to $100 million obligation for firefighter pay raises.”

Earlier on Friday, the mayor met with Patrick ‘Marty’ Lancton, President of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, to attempt to reach a phase-in agreement on Prop B. Another meeting is planned for early next week.

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