Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa firefighters get 6 percent raise

TAMPA — Tampa faces a huge budget shortfall and possible staff reductions this year, but the City Council unanimously approved pay raises on Thursday of up to 6 percent for firefighters.

Biweekly bonuses of $30 for emergency medical technicians and $110 for paramedics also were approved. The contract will add $2.4 million to city expenses.

Only council member Charlie Miranda expressed qualms about the contract, saying the faltering economy has wreaked havoc on city finances.

"The government of yesterday is gone," Miranda said. "That's never going to come back."

Mayor Pam Iorio and the firefighters negotiated the agreement, which was a victory of sorts for Iorio. Last year, after nine months of argument, Iorio and the union hit a stalemate when she tried to limit raises. The battle ended up going to the council, which sided with the firefighters and approved raises of up to 9 percent.

Tampa firefighters get 6 percent raise 03/05/09 [Last modified: Thursday, March 5, 2009 11:27pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Austin software company acquires second Tampa business


    Austin, Tex.-based Asure Software acquired Tampa's Compass HRM Inc. late last week for $6 million. Compass focuses on HR and payroll.

    [Company photo]
  2. Hackers hide cyberattacks in social media posts


    SAN FRANCISCO — It took only one attempt for Russian hackers to make their way into the computer of a Pentagon official. But the attack didn't come through an email or a file buried within a seemingly innocuous document.

    Jay Kaplan and Mark Kuhr, former NSA employees and co-founders of Synack, a cybersecurity company, in their office in Palo Alto, Calif., in 2013. While last year's hacking of senior Democratic Party officials raised awareness of the damage caused if just a handful of employees click on the wrong emails, few people realize that a message on Twitter or Facebook could give an attacker similar access to their system. 
[New York Times file photo]
  3. On average, a quarter of Transformation Zone staff not returning next school year


    Combined, nearly one in four teachers staffed at eight schools in the Pinellas County school district's Transformation Zone will not return to their school in the fall.

  4. New Port Richey police investigating shooting that left one man wounded

    Public Safety

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A man was shot and wounded Saturday after police said he assaulted a restaurant employee.

  5. What to watch this week: 'Still Star-Crossed' on ABC, 'House of Cards' Season 5



    Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey in House of Cards Season 5.