SAN JOSE, Calif. (KCBS) ― San Jose has come up with a plan to rehire 49 recently laid off firefighters, but it would mean the firefighters taking an almost nine percent reduction in pay. The San Jose City Council is asking the firefighter union leaders to allow its membership to vote on this plan.
City employment relations director Alex Gurza acknowledges it’s a sacrifice, but says it would mean being able to rehire the firefighters laid off last weekend.
Firefighters union president Randy Sekany says the demand for an 8.9 percent reduction in compensation would force the firefighters to pay twice as much as what the police officers paid, and would save fewer positions.
The firefighters executive board will vote on the request on Tuesday.