Tacoma: Proposed concessions from police, fire unions could spare 100 public safety jobs from layoffs
Proposed layoffs of about 100 Tacoma police officers and firefighters may be avoided entirely under concessions proposed by bargaining teams for the city’s public safety unions, police and fire labor representatives said Friday.
“We came up with a package that answered the layoffs that we were asked to address,” Terry Krause, president of Tacoma Police Union Local 6, said Friday afternoon. “We found the savings elsewhere to do that, it’s concessions. So, that’s what we’ll be bringing to our body to vote on.”
Matt Frank, vice president of Tacoma’s fire union, separately added his bargaining team believes “we’ve identified savings to spare the 44 (fire) jobs that the city has targeted for layoffs.”
“I feel like we’ve accomplished the task given to us,” Frank said, “pending approval of our membership, obviously.”
Neither Krause nor Frank would disclose any details Friday about the proposed concessions.
“Not until it’s voted on,” Krause said. “But you can check with the city.”
John Dryer, the city’s labor negotiator, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Friday.
Councilman Jake Fey said he was pleased to hear of the potential concessions.
“That was the whole purpose of the delay (to public safety layoffs),” he said. “So, I’m glad to hear they think they have a package. We’re going to obviously have to take a look at it and discuss it.” Read more »