WHAT WE REPORTED On Nov. 6, Houston voters approved Proposition B, a city charter amendment that would give firefighters raises to equal the pay of Houston police officers. City leaders said firefighters deserve a raise—but not one that would cost the city $100 million a year, which could be afforded only by firing hundreds of employees.
THE LATEST On Dec. 18 a judge dissolved a temporary restraining order that was placed on Proposition B while the court determined whether it or collective bargaining trumps the other when it comes to determining city employees’ wages.
Mayor Sylvester Turner that day announced in a press release implementation of Proposition B would begin. He has since said he intends to negotiate with the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, according to Community Impact Newspaper’s media partner ABC 13.
“The implementation of Prop B will not happen overnight, but the process does start now,” Turner said in the release.