Reno firefighters sue to block layoffs

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Updated: 5/30/2014 1:16 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno firefighters have sued the city to block layoffs scheduled to take effect July 1.

Firefighters, in their lawsuit filed Thursday, say the layoffs of 33 firefighters are in breach of their collective bargaining agreement and put residents at risk.

They say the city is legally prohibited from laying off firefighters if it has money available to save the jobs and the city's budget includes an increase in cash reserves.

City Manager Andrew Clinger said that the city lacks the funds to save the jobs and looks forward to its day in court.

The city announced the layoffs after learning it lost a federal grant that had paid for 50 firefighters. The city found enough money to save 17 of the jobs and issued layoffs to the remaining 33 firefighters last week.

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freedomrings - 5/31/2014 1:54 PM
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This is the problem with filthy scum sucking unions. The fire and police dept's have got away with murder under mayor Cashell for over a decade. That god we have a city manager now with some testicular fortitude. Go after the union's throat Mr. Clinger, stop at nothing.

retired51 - 5/31/2014 9:55 AM
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How about the other firefighters take a pay cut to save their buddies!!! Yeah right!!! The grant was not meant for long term jobs if the city can't support it!!! The free ride is over.

Old Parnell - 5/30/2014 3:24 PM
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Actually about the same big bucks $250K as a fire captain. Clinger is basically the CEO of a sizable corporation (think Renown size), a fire captain would be considered middle management. I cannot recently recall a Reno City Manager seriously going up against the firefighter union, looks like we finally have someone who has the fortitude to do it. We thank you Mr. Clinger, Sincerely - Tapped out taxpayer.

thebuckster - 5/30/2014 2:36 PM
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Clinger "looks forward" to the city's day in court? We're dealing with people losing jobs. Whether it be a fireman or a janitor. Clinger could have picked the wording on his response in a more sincere way. That dude gets paid big bucks!

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