Tag Archives: Austin Firefighters Association

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Two firefighters fired over ‘theft’ of exam

Fire Chief Joel Baker has fired two firefighters, Nicholas Schroeder and Anthony Stewart, who were attending classes on handling hazardous materials, after Schroeder allegedly stole a copy of the final exam and Stewart took photos of it.The class was required…

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Firefighter wins battle with city

Austin firefighters won their battle to get the city to drop its lawsuit against one of their own, Lt. Carrie Stewart, who filed a claim for workers’ compensation after she was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2015.After meeting…

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Jack Craver

Firefighters union touts increased diversity

Austin is far from having a fire department that reflects the diversity of the city, but it’s made significant strides since the U.S. Department of Justice sued the Austin Fire Department over its hiring practices.Days after clashing with a City…

Friday, September 29, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs firefighters’ contract 7-3

City Council approved a five-year contract with the Austin Firefighters Association Thursday on a vote of 7-3, after a heated exchange between Council Member Ora Houston and Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks.Houston criticized the firefighters association for not doing…

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Fire Department overtime soars to $21 million

Overtime pay for firefighters at the Austin Fire Department will reach about $21 million by the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30 – a 206 percent increase since Fiscal Year 2013-14 – according to a report put out…

Friday, June 16, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Auditors to look at firefighters’ overtime

After considerable complaint from its newest members, Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter, City Council voted last month to amend the city’s General Fund budget by transferring $3.5 million from a stabilization reserve fund into the Austin Fire Department’s budget to pay…

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Little known on when public safety contract negotiations will start

Two of the city’s three public safety unions are willing to consider a one-year extension of their contracts with the city – but it might not be as simple as giving the go-ahead. Although negotiations for new contracts are set…

Thursday, May 26, 2016 by Jack Craver

City considers providing fire service to Travis County ESD4

After years of city annexations, Travis County Emergency Services District 4 (ESD4) should no longer have its own fire department, ESD4 Fire Chief David Bailey told the City Council Public Safety Committee on Monday.When it was founded as Travis County Rural…

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 by Jack Craver

Fire Department says it needs more fire stations

The Public Safety Commission unanimously recommended a resolution Monday that would require the city manager to submit an annual report to City Council identifying areas of the city most in need of fire stations.If approved by Council, staff will develop…

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Committee restarts discussion of fire and EMS merger

Members of the Public Safety Committee heard testimony Monday on the idea of merging the Austin Fire Department with Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services, but city staff and organization heads reiterated time and again that anything official is a long way…

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City, firefighters reach tentative agreement

After years of strife, the City of Austin and the Austin Firefighters Association successfully concluded the collective bargaining process Monday.Last November, City Council agreed to settle a lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice over alleged discrimination in the Austin…

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Council delays fire department reclassification plan

A proposal to modify the Austin Fire Department’s leadership hierarchy has encountered headwinds at City Hall.City Council Member Don Zimmerman moved Thursday to prevent a vote on the resolution that proposes tweaking the department’s classification system, including removing several lower-level…

Monday, February 9, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Explainer: AFD, AFA, and the consent decree

Each week, the Explainer offers a closer look at stories we have been following. This week, we look at City Council action from last week that restarts negotiations between the Austin Firefighters Association and city management.It what amounts to its…

Friday, February 6, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs restart of firefighter negotiations

As its first major action, the Austin City Council on Thursday approved a resolution directing city management to go back to the bargaining table with the Austin Firefighters Association. But it did not, as initially proposed, direct staff to stop…

Thursday, February 5, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Not all firefighters support pulling RFP

The president of the Austin African-American Firefighters Association told the Austin Monitor that the city would be making a mistake if it stops the RFP process for a plan to recruit new firefighters and returns to the negotiating table, as set…

Friday, January 23, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Union reps address Council on employment issues

City Council listened to representatives of the firefighters, police and EMS unions Thursday. Bob Nicks, president of the Austin Firefighters Association, and his attorney took the lion’s share of the time to complain about the city’s failure to listen to…

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Austin firefighters to again seek input on hiring

The Austin Firefighters Association will have an opportunity at this morning’s City Council meeting to voice concerns to the new Council about its lack of input on a new process for hiring fire cadets. The firefighters’  hope is that this Council…

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Firefighters form new PAC to support candidates

The Austin Firefighters Local 975 has formed a special political action committee to support eight candidates running for City Council on the November ballot. Firefighters president Bob Nicks told the Monitor that the group had raised $200,000 through membership dues…

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Firefighters issue four Council endorsements

The Austin Firefighters Association began announcing its endorsements for City Council Tuesday, beginning with two of its own, Council Member Mike Martinez, who is running for mayor, and District 2 candidate Delia Garza. The group also chose Council Member Chris…

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