Garden Grove Approves New Contract For Firefighters

The Garden Grove City Council Tuesday approved a new two-year contract for the city’s firefighters’ union that boosts cafeteria and employee education benefits.

The 2015-2017 contract includes no wage or salary increases or changes in pension benefits, according to Human Resources Director Laura Stover. The previous contract expired June 30, 2015.

The city’s total increase in cost for cafeteria benefits over the two-year contract is about $276,000.

Tuition benefits will also be increased by $400 per year for a maximum allowed tuition reimbursement of $2,800 per year, according to Stover. Six firefighters currently participate in that program.

Although the union and city are still making final language revisions to the contract, the City Council’s vote Tuesday evening approves the contents and financial commitments of the deal, according to a staff report. The final contract is still subject to city manager approval.

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  • LFOldTimer

    Btw, is the former GG mayor’s kid still a firefighter at GGFD? ha. I guess once you’re in it’s practically impossible to get kicked out. Sort of like in the mafia. What do you think the chances would’ve been for him to land a job at GGFD without daddy in the mayor’s seat? Give me some odds. ha. Do you still believe in EEO in government? ha.

    • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

      He is out on stress leave. Paid for, most likely. The resident/taxpayers who have to bite their tongues do not have that option/perk, unfortunately.

      • LFOldTimer

        Stress leave? He’s only been on the job for a couple years, right? Already stressed out? Don’t they give FF applicants stress and psych tests to ensure that they can handle job stress prior to hiring them? So much for employment screening in government work, eh? Why not just hire the first guy who submits his app who can walk and chew gum simultaneously? That should be sufficient for government work. It would save us millions of taxdollars spent on bogus government employment screening tests.

        • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

          Pretty amazing entitlement rights, right? And he was first hired as a park ranger, with all the same baggage that he had when he went and got hired in fire. Our city is also one of the top 10 in California for non safety pension amounts, at an average of 88K! Despite the voice of the people, the friends and family plan is entrenched in city hall and has been for decades. To the benefit of a Chosen Few at the expense of the Greater Good, the very people who serf here.

          • LFOldTimer

            Yeah, I always thought that it was illegal for family members to take jobs in government when their close relatives are head mucky mucks in the same government entity in which they’re hired. I thought EEO prohibited that. But I guess not. I wonder how many other GGFD or GGPD employees have relatives in high places in GG government? Maybe it’s one big family with system-wide DNA overlap. There might be long lost cousins in GG government who don’t even know they’re related. Who knows? Does the former City Manager’s kids still work for the City or did they leave with their dad? I thought I read that he had 3 kids working in GG government. Oh, but I’m sure they were all highly, highly qualified and would have been hired regardless of dad’s position in the hierarchy. 🙂

  • LFOldTimer

    You notice they never lower salaries or pensions or other benefits for firefighters. How could they increase salaries or pensions with a straight face when an average firefighter (a job only requires an entry education of a high school degree) makes about $230,000 in compensation for a 2-day workweek? Instead, they have to rachet up all the secondary benefits. ha. The GG firefighters will have to start a nice warm and fuzzy PR campaign like working with disabled children or making the rounds at the CHOC Hospital to prime the pump to ask for a nice salary increase after this 2 year contract expires. Then they can tell the GG taxpayers to give them a pay hike and do it for the children.

    • KenCoop

      It seems a lot of government jobs pay a lot with little education. Air Traffic Controllers being one of them. One can get a nice middle class job with all the federal benefit package without a college degree.