Firefighters Remain Stern On Retirement Pension
The Board of Alderman passed the amended reform bill on Dec. 14 that restored some retirement benefits that had been cut for vested firefighters, but lowered benefits for new incoming firefighters by a vote of 17-8. Imediately the Firemen’s Retirement System sued the city again as Mayor Francis Slay tried to fix issue’s put on hold by judge Dierker as his findings ruled in favor in the Firefighters former lawsuit that cutting benefits for vested firefighters with more than 20 years on the force was illegal.
Dierker consolidated the case with existing litigation and extended his hold on the plan until he issues a final order.The firefighters vowed to sue after the suit re-alleges many arguments previously made to Dierker, and states the new bill is unconstitutional and violates the contractual rights of fire fighters with less than 20 years of experience, as reported by the Post -Dispatch.
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