Appeals court denies request for oral arguments in Houston firefighters Proposition B case

Houston firefighters marched on City Hall in April 2019 to protest the city's legal battle against Proposition B. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston firefighters marched on City Hall in April 2019 to protest the city's legal battle against Proposition B. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

Houston firefighters marched on City Hall in April 2019 to protest the city's legal battle against Proposition B. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

An appeals court will not hear oral arguments in a legal battle between the city of Houston, the Houston Professional Police Officers Union and the Houston Professional Firefighters Association.

The 14th Court of Appeals instead is asking each party to submit written briefs by Sept. 3. The court made the announcement Aug. 12.


The decision is the latest development in a yearslong clash between the city and the firefighters union.

After contract negotiations between the two failed, the union led a successful ballot initiative, Proposition B, requiring equal pay for firefighters compared to police officers of the same rank. The initiative, which nearly resulted in hundreds of firefighter layoffs, has been caught in legal proceedings since its passage in November 2018.
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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