I wonder if these union heads told their membership, "Don't make any big plans just yet"?
Court burns Atlantic City firefighters battling against 25% pay slash
Atlantic City has come out the winner in its battle to break collectively bargained contracts with its firefighters.
A New Jersey Appellate Division judge ruled that the state can move ahead with plans to radically reduce firefighter salaries and benefits and force them to work longer hours — over the objections of the firefighters union.
The reductions could start immediately — but the state’s plan to lay off 100 smoke-eaters is on hold pending further review, the ruling said.
The state-imposed compensation cuts mean firefighter salaries will be reduced by roughly 25%.
It will save cash-strapped Atlantic City $14 million this year, officials said.
The contractual changes also mean higher health co-pays for the firefighters, according to International Association of Fire Fighters Local 198.
Atlantic City will will also drop to 125 firefighters from 225 if the state’s push to cut staffing gets upheld by the courts.
Similar changes are afoot for the Atlantic City Police Department.
Police Benevolent Association Local 24 and Superior Officers Association have filed legal challenges like those filed by the firefighters union.