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05/06/2021

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Landmark Ruling Rejects City Attack on Firefighter Collective Bargaining

Appellate court unanimously rules for firefighters; City ordered to pay costs of litigation

HOUSTON, May 6, 2021 – The Texas 14th Court of Appeals has rejected Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s attempt to have the voter-approved collective bargaining system for Houston firefighters declared unconstitutional, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association said today.

In a 34-page opinion issued today, the 14th Court affirmed a lower court ruling won by Houston firefighters. The appellate court opinion repeatedly dismissed the city’s appellate arguments. The Turner Administration was ordered to pay the firefighters’ costs incurred in the litigation.

For more than two years, the mayor has asked district and appellate courts to declare the firefighters’ use of Texas Local Government Code Chapter 174 unconstitutional after publicly claiming he still wants to negotiate a new firefighter contract under the same system. No contract negotiations have occurred, and the mayor has not met with firefighter leaders since leaving negotiations in 2017.

HPFFA President Patrick M. “Marty” Lancton said, “We are grateful for this ruling. It should be a signal for the mayor to end the vindictive, taxpayer-funded legal campaign against Houston firefighters and our families. This ruling provides the city with an opportunity to reverse course and resolve our disputes.”

HPFFA Senior Legal Counsel Troy Blakeney said, “This landmark opinion proves the City of Houston was simply wrong in its attack on collective bargaining. This ruling should help other Texas firefighters and first responders that may face similar attacks. It’s a good day for firefighters and public workers throughout Texas to have the appellate court uphold the constitutionality of collective bargaining.”

Houston voters approved Chapter 174 collective bargaining for Houston firefighters in 2003. The law has governed wage rates for Texas public safety personnel for four decades. Before 2017, the HPFFA had successfully negotiated several contracts with the city. Turner is the only Houston mayor to fail to reach a collectively bargained contract with firefighters. Texas labor leaders, including Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy, warned Turner of the “dangerous implications” of his position in the litigation.

The case is “City of Houston, Texas, Appellant vs. Houston Professional Fire Fighters’ Association Local, 341,” Case No. 14-18-00976-CV consolidated with Case No. 14-18-00990-CV.

05/04/2021

On this #InternationalFireFightersDay, show your appreciation to our fire fighters and paramedics who are on the frontlines

Thanks to CT Rustic Designs out of San Antonio and their dedication to Station 49s new coffee table, keeping station pri...
05/04/2021

Thanks to CT Rustic Designs out of San Antonio and their dedication to Station 49s new coffee table, keeping station pride and tradition alive, and it made it’s way home this morning!

To All that follow us and all that believe in us as Firefighters, support us and yours by reading below by calling and s...
05/04/2021

To All that follow us and all that believe in us as Firefighters, support us and yours by reading below by calling and simply following the guide below to voice your support in HB 2087 and binding arbitration. To finally give Firefighters and their families what they deserve, and as always, God Bless you all for your support!

Binding arbitration is a cost-effective way for firefighters and cities to resolve disputes without expensive, taxpayer-funded litigation.

Texas House Bill 2087 — a bipartisan bill with 78 Republican and Democratic sponsors — will help stop politicians like Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner from punishing firefighter families in endless litigation related to the mayor’s refusal to engage in collective bargaining.

The problem is, as the 2021 legislative session draws to a close, HB 2087 must be moved out of the House Calendars Committee.

If you’re a firefighter, firefighter family member or a friend of a firefighter, please call state Rep. Ana Hernandez of Houston and urge her to help move the bill out of the committee today.

Please call the office of Rep. Hernandez at 512.463.0614 (Capitol Office) or 713.675.8596 (District Office) with the following message:

• I’m [YOUR NAME], a Houston firefighter / firefighter family member / supporter of a firefighter
• I’m calling in support of HB 2087 and binding arbitration
• I urge Rep. Hernandez to help move HB 2087 out of the calendars committee
• Thank you for your time.

Please call now.

Thank you.

HPFFA Local 341

To All that follow us and all that believe in us as Firefighters, support us and yours by reading below by calling and simply following the guide below to voice your support in HB 2087 and binding arbitration. To finally give Firefighters and their families what they deserve, and as always, God Bless you all for your support!

Binding arbitration is a cost-effective way for firefighters and cities to resolve disputes without expensive, taxpayer-funded litigation.

Texas House Bill 2087 — a bipartisan bill with 78 Republican and Democratic sponsors — will help stop politicians like Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner from punishing firefighter families in endless litigation related to the mayor’s refusal to engage in collective bargaining.

The problem is, as the 2021 legislative session draws to a close, HB 2087 must be moved out of the House Calendars Committee.

If you’re a firefighter, firefighter family member or a friend of a firefighter, please call state Rep. Ana Hernandez of Houston and urge her to help move the bill out of the committee today.

Please call the office of Rep. Hernandez at 512.463.0614 (Capitol Office) or 713.675.8596 (District Office) with the following message:

• I’m [YOUR NAME], a Houston firefighter / firefighter family member / supporter of a firefighter
• I’m calling in support of HB 2087 and binding arbitration
• I urge Rep. Hernandez to help move HB 2087 out of the calendars committee
• Thank you for your time.

Please call now.

Thank you.

HPFFA Local 341

RIP Capt. Gunderson
04/13/2021

RIP Capt. Gunderson

Photos from Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association's post
04/13/2021

Photos from Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association's post

Godspeed Brother 🙏
04/12/2021

Godspeed Brother 🙏

The line-of-duty-death memorial service for HFD Captain Will Gunderson is set for tomorrow at Salem Lutheran Church, 22601 Lutheran Church Rd., Tomball, Texas 77377. The march will step off at 10 a.m. The memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Fire department Class “A” or dress uniform encouraged for firefighters. The memorial service will be live-streamed at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvyRJV-0xSA

It’s the “little things” sometimes, like our new mailbox meant to give mail persons country-wide a ladder up.
04/10/2021

It’s the “little things” sometimes, like our new mailbox meant to give mail persons country-wide a ladder up.

It’s the “little things” sometimes, like our new mailbox meant to give mail persons country-wide a ladder up.

Photos from International Association of Fire Fighters's post
04/09/2021

Photos from International Association of Fire Fighters's post

HFD has yet another Line-of-Duty Death due to cancer. Our hearts and prayers are with the entire Gunderson Family, the H...
04/03/2021

HFD has yet another Line-of-Duty Death due to cancer. Our hearts and prayers are with the entire Gunderson Family, the HFD Station 13 Family, and all the women and men of HFD. Rest easy Captain, we got it from here.

Heaven got one heck of a man tonight. Rest easy now Captain.

03/10/2021
Photos from Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association Charitable Foundation's post
02/12/2021

Photos from Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association Charitable Foundation's post

02/07/2021

34 members have now died in the line of duty from COVID-19. We will continue to work to protect our members on the frontlines. Visit www.iaff.org/coronavirus for important information and resources.

FIrehouse: “Teen Mentored by TX Firefighters Joins Honor Society.”
01/26/2021
Teen Mentored by TX Firefighters Joins Honor Society

FIrehouse: “Teen Mentored by TX Firefighters Joins Honor Society.”

Rodney Jones was 10 years old when a group of Houston firefighters began mentoring and tutoring him, and now he's been inducted into the National Honor Society.

Photos from Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association's post
01/22/2021

Photos from Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association's post

Congrats John, you leave some really big shoes to be filled. Enjoy your retirement sir!
12/30/2020

Congrats John, you leave some really big shoes to be filled. Enjoy your retirement sir!

It was an honor to be spend the last few years working with John Childers a icon with Houston Fire Dept and Station 7. After more than 40 years of loyal dedicated service he has decided to throw in the towel. We the members of station 25 wish you John Childers a very well deserved and happy retirement, the void you leave will be difficult to replace.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
11/09/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

‘Rally to Remember’ Set for Today at 2 p.m.

Family of fallen HFD Captain Jay Jahnke, retired and active Houston firefighters, supporters to rally and urge city to not drop HFD below national safety standards again

HOUSTON, Nov. 9, 2020 – Nearly 20 years after the line-of-duty death of HFD Captain Jay Jahnke forced the City of Houston to finally conform to the national fire service safety standard of four-person staffing of fire trucks, the Turner Administration and Fire Chief Samuel Peña allowed HFD fire trucks to lapse below the staffing standard last week.

Today at 2 p.m., a “Rally to Remember” will be held at 1801 Smith Street in downtown Houston. The rally will include the family of Captain Jahnke, retired and active Houston firefighters, and community supporters, including elected officials.

HPFFA President Patrick M. “Marty” Lancton said, “The continuing failure of the city to adequately staff fire stations and apparatus becomes more dangerous every day. This past week, the city crossed a line and broke a 20-year promise made after Captain Jahnke died in the line of duty: HFD fire trucks were staffed with less than the four-person national safety standard. This happened because of the HFD staffing crisis caused by the divisive actions of the mayor and the fire chief. More than 400 firefighters recently have left HFD for better jobs elsewhere or to retire. This is destroying HFD from within.”

Lancton added, “Four-person staffing, like many fire service standards, was paid for with the blood of our fallen, including the line-of-duty death of Captain Jahnke in 2001. Today, the Jahnke family, active and retired firefighters, and our supporters in the community are here to reflect on the sacrifices of firefighters – active and fallen – and the city’s promise to abide by national safety standards for the sake of firefighters and the public we serve. We call on the mayor to end the political and legal attacks on firefighter families and commit to rebuilding the fire department in compliance with national safety standards.”

Masks will be required at the rally.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
11/04/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

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