Firefighters, City at Odds Over Wage Increases

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In 2010, the Sheridan City Council voted to freeze the salaries of all City employees due to budget constraints. As part of that freeze, six personnel with Sheridan Fire-Rescue were denied 5 percent wage increases as part of their step increase after receiving an annual satisfactory evaluation. The local Firefighters Union filed a complaint against the City in Fourth Judicial District Court, where Judge John Fenn granted a summary judgment to the City. The union appealed the decision and in March of this year, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled in favor of the local firefighters union.

In September of this year, under the advice from City Attorney Greg Von Krosigk, the Sheridan City Council voted to deny step increases for three firefighters with Sheridan Fire-Rescue that would have amounted to a 5 percent wage increase. The City and Firefighters Union is currently in arbitration over the issue. Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey was a guest on Thursday's Public Pulse program where he offered this statement about the latest dispute over wage increases.

During Friday's open line on News Talk 930 KROE'S Public Pulse program, President of the local Firefighters Union, George Neeson called in to clarify the difference between cost of living increases and the step increases.

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