- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The city of Lake Charles and the union for city firefighters have reached an agreement addressing personnel matters, including the deduction of union dues and representation of individual firefighters in disciplinary matters.

The American Press reports (https://bit.ly/1j8pFmM ) that the “memorandum of understanding” is less strict than a contract.

Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach, in a meeting last week, said the memorandum includes an agreement for the city to deduct union dues form firefighter pay. Roach said it also deals with creation of a management committee in partnership with the fire chief to work through policy issues and other questions that might come up during day-to-day operations.

“I really do appreciate the cooperation with the firefighters’ association working through this agreement,” he said. “Although this is not a formal contract, I think the items you have on the agenda tonight go a long way toward a good working relationship between the city and the union.”

District Fire Chief Chris Carroll said the flexibility in the memorandum of understanding is good for the firefighters.

“In a memorandum of understanding, we can negotiate through the whole term, and that helps a lot,” Carroll said.


Information from: American Press, https://www.americanpress.com

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