Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett vetoes an ordinance that would restore satisfactory performance review pay hikes to Tulsa Fire Fighters. The increases were axed as a wage concession at the height of the city's fiscal problems. The Council voted to use $367,000 to restore the cuts, but the Mayor vetoed the ordinance. The Mayor wants to hold discussions with the fire union as part of contract talks, before restoring any cuts.
The fire fighters were disappointed with the Mayor's action. Tulsa Local 176 president, Dennis Moseby issued the following statement:
"Tulsa firefighters were extremely disappointed to hear about Mayor Bartlett's veto to restore our satisfactory performance pay.
Last year, Tulsa Fire and Rescue agreed to reduced pay and retirement to help balance the City's budget. At that time we were promised those sacrifices would be returned, and unfortunately it appears he is breaking that promise.
We have hundreds of men and women responding first to every kind of emergency, from heart attacks to fires and risking their own lives to save yours. It's a shame the Mayor continues to take advantage of that sworn duty, but we remain hopeful the Council will do the right thing for Tulsa and override his veto."