Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 176 have voted for a budget plan that cuts costs, including salaries, and avoids layoffs. Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett has released a statement thanking the union for their decision. The mayor’s statement follows.
“We can now get on with the business we were all hired to perform, to deliver quality services and protection to the citizens of Tulsa,” said Mayor Dewey Bartlett in response to the positive vote of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 176.
“We offered a very good plan to the Fire union members in order to retain all our workforce, and our collabroative discussions with the fire union leaders were obviously productive. We have an agreement that will take us through the next 17 months. Now, we can move forward and focus our attention on being the best fire department possible, capitalizing on the strengths and passions of these men and women,” Bartlett said.
“My thanks goes to the firefighters for their willingness to help our city in this time of need. My thanks also goes to the union leadership for their confidence in our administration,” Bartlett continued. “Their ability to promote their members as a true example of brotherhood and sisterhood is a breath of fresh air.”