published: Thursday, March 14, 2013
City, fire await next move
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING - City Administrator Scott Noethlich confirmed that the city as well as the fire department's local union chapter had submitted their briefs to Special Magistrate Leonard Helfand early this week, but remained tight-lipped about the next steps.
As previously reported, the city and fire department were given a deadline to submit their briefs following the Jan. 28 special meeting between the two parties in which Helfand was brought in from Tallahassee to mediate.
The brief holds the city's and fire department's positions on the seven impasse items: Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG's- cell phone usage and information being passed down to oncoming shift), promotional process, health insurance, discipline, pension, and wages.
Helfand has until March 26 to make a recommendation.
to both parties.
unions ARE STILL dinosaurs (by: move on - 3/15/2013)
NOBODY put a gun to your head and made you become a fire fighter. You knew the pay when you were hired... Period. If you dont like your pay, then find a job that that pays better or go get more education. You complain your pay stinks but the only reason you stay on is to collect the pension at the end of your fire fighting career. You will build up your overtime, your vacation and sick and when you retire, you will average out those last precious years of pay to get a bump in your pension. You will work the system because you sit around most of the day figuring out how. I pay enough taxes, budget my life accordingly and when I felt I did not do well enough I increased my education and found another job. Stop whining and complaining. No one is responsible for you other than yourself. The ridiculous bargaining that takes place is nothing more than posturing and trying to get an extra pair of shoes in return for just being you. You have a GUARANTEED rate of return with your pension- even when the economy is in the toilet, whereas the rest of the world that has 401's (if they are lucky) don't. We are subject to the ups and downs of the stock market yet you are assured your 8% be given to you by the residents.. NO ONE around here has that kind of a sure thing but you do and you still complain. No sympathy is given to anyone that has such a deal and acts like they deserve more. Go get a second job like the rest of us that have had to and do your job! Oh- and stop saying that "when my house burns, I will be saved..." That is just yourself esteem screaming for attention.
comon guys (by: sad day in hell - 3/15/2013)
Citizen (by: bAdLeY - 3/15/2013)
This citizen trust our City Administrator will continue to do his job by protecting all the people in the city. The city runs a tight ship and with fiscal responsibility, please keep it that way. Thank you Mr. Noethlich
unions are dinosaurs (by: move on - 3/14/2013)
This back and forth is nothing more than a ploy on the FF's part to extend time so that as many of them as possible can keep their union pension benefits. Just do your jobs and be grateful you are not in the unemployment line.
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