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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 […]

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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 state. […]

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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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Green Buildings & Homes & Firefighter Pay: Houston Matters for Tues., May 27, 2014

Posted on · The EPA recently indicated which corporations, businesses, and municipalities across the nation use the most “green” energy. The City of Houston placed in the top ten, and was number one among municipalities in its usage of green power (measured in kilowatt hours). On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss what that actually means, the […]