Council Denies Step Increases for Three Firefighters

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Sheridan Local Firefighters Union President George Neeson. (Photo by Ron Richter)

In 2010, the Sheridan City Council voted to freeze the salaries of all City employees due to budget constraints. As part of that freeze, five firefighters with Sheridan Fire-Rescue were denied 5 percent wage increases as part of their step increase after receiving an annual satisfactory evaluation. The local Firefighters Union filed a complaint against the City in Fourth Judicial District Court, where Judge John Fenn granted a summary judgment to the City. The union appealed the decision and in March of this year, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled in favor of the local firefighters union.

After hearing from Union President George Neeson regarding the latest grievance filed with the City, the Council Monday night unanimously denied 5 percent wage increases for three firefighters. Following the meeting, Neeson explained what the next step of action will be for the union.

Neeson expressed frustration considering the recent Supreme Court ruling.

Councilman Levi Dominguez, who's a former firefighter with Sheridan Fire-Rescue, and one of the employees denied a wage increase several years ago, stated that he has no doubt in his mind that the three firefighters deserve the raise, adding that he also has no doubt in his mind that all City employees deserve a raise, a raise that the City cannot afford at this time.