City of Houston

Judge orders arbitration between Houston and its firefighters’ union

Posted on · Mayor-elect John Whitmire pledged to drop the city’s remaining legal challenges against the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, raising hopes that an end to the years-long labor dispute may be nearing its end.

Marty Lancton Firefighters

City of Houston

Whitmire-backed bill requiring arbitration between Houston and its firefighters on verge of becoming state law

Posted on · Senate Bill 736, sponsored by Houston mayoral candidate John Whitmire, would help bring resolution to a longstanding labor dispute between the city and its firefighters. The bill passed the Texas Senate and House and now needs a signature by Gov. Greg Abbott to immediately become state law.

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.


Firefighters Union Tries To Make Sure Item For Equal Pay As HPD Is On November Ballot

Posted on · The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association is trying to make sure the November ballot includes an item about equal pay between firefighters and police officers of corresponding rank, but City protocols are becoming a worrying hurdle for the union. Back in July, the firefighters union turned in 32,000 signatures that they say even include voter […]

Houston Matters

Negotiating Firefighter Contracts: What Are the Sticking Points?

Posted on · Negotiation and litigation are a part of life for city and county authorities here in Greater Houston. Unionized employees seek better pay and conditions; city and county residents seek court intervention when they believe government entities are acting improperly. This includes Houston's firefighters, who negotiate salaries and hiring with the city, and pensions with the […]

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Firefighter Anniversary, Civil Rights Act & Houston Hackathon: Houston Matters for Wed., May 28, 2014

Posted on · A year ago this weekend, the Houston Fire Department suffered its greatest loss of life in one blaze, as four Houston firefighters died in a hotel fire. Captain Matthew Renaud, Robert Garner, Anne Sullivan and Robert Bebee were inside the motel when the roof collapsed on them. An investigation into what happened that day will […]

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