Firefighter Pension Battle Continues To Brew in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) -  St. Louis firefighter pension reform will again be the hot topic of discussion at City Hall Tuesday.  The Board of Alderman's Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing on firefighter pension reform that starts at 11 a.m.

The same committee also met last week on the pension issue. They were expected to vote on Mayor Slay's pension reform plan then.  But after impassioned testimony from firefighters, the committee adjourned without voting on the main part of the mayor's proposal.

Mayor Slay's plan contains hefty pension cuts for newly hired firefighters and make it more difficult for firefighters to retire with a full disability pension.  Mayor Slay says major pension reform is needed because fire pension costs are skyrocketing.  But the City Firefighter's Union opposed the mayor's plan calling the proposed cuts a 'pension raid' and a 'power grab' that is unfair and illegal.

The union says if the mayor's bill passes, they will go to court to try to overturn it.