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Struggle over fire fighters’ pension plan ends

Struggle over fire fighters’ pension plan ends

Court finds city has legal right to end previous plan, start new one FINAL – Part 13 The fight is over The fire fighters in the city of..

March 9, 2015
St. Louis’ unilateral changes to Fire Fighters Local 73 pension plan now before the Court of Appeals

St. Louis’ unilateral changes to Fire Fighters Local 73 pension plan now before the Court of Appeals

Decision not expected for many months LEGAL BATTLE, Round 3 By ED FINKELSTEIN Publisher St. Louis – Round Three in the legal battle..

March 25, 2014
New fire fighters pension board meets without fire fighters reps

New fire fighters pension board meets without fire fighters reps

Legal Battle: Update 9 Hurry up meetings with only City’s reps held before election even scheduled The City of St. Louis has begun hurry..

July 2, 2013
Fire fighters to appeal City win in pension struggle

Fire fighters to appeal City win in pension struggle

LEGAL BATTLE: Update 8 Ruling sets up dual pension system for younger, older firefighters St. Louis – While St. Louis fire fighters lost..

June 18, 2013
Judge halts third attempt to hijack  St. Louis fire fighters pension plan

Judge halts third attempt to hijack St. Louis fire fighters pension plan

LEGAL BATTLE: Update 7   The City of St. Louis lost round three this month in trying to hijack its fire fighters pension fund…

January 15, 2013
Aldermanic committee moves to amend illegal fire fighters’ pension law

Aldermanic committee moves to amend illegal fire fighters’ pension law

UPDATE 5: Legal Battle St. Louis –In what has to be considered tantamount to an admission that it screwed up, the City of St. Louis..

October 31, 2012
Fire fighters, City both claim victory in new ruling

Fire fighters, City both claim victory in new ruling

UPDATE 4: Legal Battle City prevented from implementing new law St. Louis – In a 34-page ruling on whether or not the City of St. Louis..

October 5, 2012
Fire Fighters pension trustees suit against St. Louis goes to trial

Fire Fighters pension trustees suit against St. Louis goes to trial

UPDATE 3: Legal Battle Coming on the heels of a court ruling in July that the City of St. Louis cannot prevent the Fireman’s Retirement..

August 30, 2012
Third fire fighter pension bill creates real danger for residents, fire fighters

Third fire fighter pension bill creates real danger for residents, fire fighters

UPDATE 2: LEGAL BATTLE St. Louis – With the passage of Board Bill 12 last week by the Board of Aldermen to completely eliminate the..

July 24, 2012
City loses first round in legal battle with fire fighters

City loses first round in legal battle with fire fighters

UPDATE 1: LEGAL BATTLE Round one: City loses: St. Louis Circuit Court judge Robert Dierker issued a preliminary injunction against the City..

July 17, 2012
Our Opinion: It’s time for binding arbitration to find an equitable resolution  to fire fighters dispute with St. Louis over pension issues

Our Opinion: It’s time for binding arbitration to find an equitable resolution to fire fighters dispute with St. Louis over pension issues

Part 12 (Last in the series) – It’s time to get back to bargaining table and put the verbal baseball bats aside By ED FINKELSTEIN..

July 10, 2012
Business community not supportive of pitting police against firefighters

Business community not supportive of pitting police against firefighters

  Part 11 – Business poll supports fire fighters By ED FINKELSTEIN Publisher St. Louis – If a poll by the St. Louis Business..

July 6, 2012
Offer to hire more police if fire fighters pensions are cut is called ‘insane’

Offer to hire more police if fire fighters pensions are cut is called ‘insane’

Part 10 – Using ‘blackmail’ against fire fighters By ED FINKELSTEIN Publisher St. Louis – Strange twists in the fire fighters..

June 26, 2012
Dangerous impact on residents, businesses if fire stations are closed, manpower cut

Dangerous impact on residents, businesses if fire stations are closed, manpower cut

Part 9: The other side of the ‘budget’ coin: real people By ED FINKELSTEIN Publisher St. Louis – As the Board of Aldermen, Mayor..

June 19, 2012
‘Local control’ of fire fighters pension plan is smokescreen for killing the plan

‘Local control’ of fire fighters pension plan is smokescreen for killing the plan

Part 8 – The deception unveiled Four sections hidden in 17,011-word, 51-page ordinance reveal secret goal By ED FINKELSTEIN Publisher St…

June 12, 2012
City hired fire service ‘consultant’ ICMA recommendations challenged across America

City hired fire service ‘consultant’ ICMA recommendations challenged across America

Part 7: Hired consultant a hired gun? Is this ‘political cover’ for effort to cut or merge police and fire services? By ED FINKELSTEIN..

June 4, 2012
City quietly uses fire fighters proposed pension actuarial method in its plan after torpedoing it in Jefferson City

City quietly uses fire fighters proposed pension actuarial method in its plan after torpedoing it in Jefferson City

Part 6: Actuarial double-dealing? City turns back on $5.1 million annual savings to keep pressure on fire fighters in pension dispute By ED..

May 29, 2012
Losing all legal cases with fire fighter’s pension fund has cost taxpayers millions

Losing all legal cases with fire fighter’s pension fund has cost taxpayers millions

Part 5: The legal fight the City keeps losing By ED FINKELSTEIN Publisher St. Louis – In their efforts to balance the city’s budget on..

May 21, 2012
City’s intimidation campaign on fire  fighter’s pension issue is ‘outrageous’

City’s intimidation campaign on fire fighter’s pension issue is ‘outrageous’

Part 4: City ‘scapegoating’ fire fighters By ED FINKELSTEIN Publisher St. Louis – Throughout the public discussions about the..

May 15, 2012
City taking on fire fighters as first step to controlling all employee pensions?

City taking on fire fighters as first step to controlling all employee pensions?

Part 3: All city employees at risk? By ED FINKELSTEIN Publisher St. Louis- With the current struggle between St. Louis firefighters and..

May 8, 2012
Fire Fighters vs City over control of pensions

Fire Fighters vs City over control of pensions

  Part 2: Pension fight smokescreen for control By ED FINKELSTEIN Publisher St. Louis – The current fight between fire fighters and..

May 1, 2012
City fire fighters pension fund earned $40 million interest ‘profit’ from self-contributions

City fire fighters pension fund earned $40 million interest ‘profit’ from self-contributions

PART 1: The Retirement Issue By ED FINKELSTEIN Publisher St. Louis – As the battle over fire fighters’ pensions rages in the city,..

April 23, 2012
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