Portland Considers Pay Increase
The problem of an increase in salary for the members of the Portland, Ore., fire department will be voted on at the city elections to be held the end of this month.
It is stated that most every one of the Pacific coast cities pay their firemen between $10 to $45 a month in excess of the amount paid to the Portland firemen. These cities include Seattle, Tacoma, San Francisco. Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, Sacramento, and Berkeley. The Mayor and many of the city officials have issued statements in which they mention that the men are underpaid. Firemen entering the service receive $130 a month and at the end of years, the salary is increased to $$155 a month. This amounts to 36 to 43 cents an hour. Common labor is paid 50 cents an hour.