Fire organizations split over federal firefighters’ pay bill

Issue 4 and Volume 141.

Fire organizations split over federal firefighters’ pay bill The International Association of Fire Chiefs has developed its own proposal for alleviating inequities in federal firefighters’ pay schedules. Congressman Mickey Leland has a bill pending, which the International Association of Fire Fighters backs. A hearing was scheduled for March 31 on the congressman’s bill, during which the IAFC was expected to submit testimony on its version. The IAFC has been actively seeking a sponsor for its legislation. The IAFC contends that the California Democrat’s bill, H.R. 1174, is too expensive. Leland’s bill would establish a separate pay schedule for federal firefighters and reduce the work week for some. According to a U.S. General Accounting Office fact sheet from October, it would cost $26.8 million to maintain the same work force; a preliminary report estimated the salary cost would be slightly higher. The IAFC’s version would maintain current work hours and create…

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