SF Wage Dispute Would Mean Less Firefighters

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Jun 23, 2011  |  Updated 1:53 PM PDT
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SF Wage Dispute Would Mean Less Firefighters

A budget shortfall could mean reduced hours for firefighters in San Francisco.

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Neighborhood fire stations could be getting quiet in San Francisco -- as in less firefighters -- if a wage dispute isn't resolved soon, the fire department's chief warns.

San Francisco's $306 million budget deficit can be closed only if the firefighters union agrees to give back $9 million in salary, according to the San Francisco Examiner. But that hasn't happened yet, and must happen by July 1 if fire stations aren't going to see reduced service, warned fire chief Joanne Hayes-White.

"Potential brownouts" -- where fire stations close entirely for periods of time -- could happen, she warned.

Stations on Powell Street, at Turk and Webster streets, and in the Richmond and Mission districts could close or reduce service, according to Hayes-White.

The labor discussions with the union are ongoing and could be resolved this week. If not, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will have to make a budget decision if fire services aren't to be reduced.

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