Jeff LaRoche

Jeff LaRoche 1 year, 10 months ago on Steamboat City Council opposes bill that would give local firefighters collective bargaining rights

Scott, Tomorrow if there were a huge fire at your house and these guys showed up and saved you, your house and/or your family Im pretty sure you would say they are worth it. A city manager is a city manager because they dont want to be a fire fighter. It takes a unique individual to WANT to be a fire fighter. There could be a fire any day that kills any one of these guys, not to mention a domestic violence situation that they are caught in the middle of because they are trying to help someone that is hurt. They not only risk their lives when they have to in a fire but they put up with some of the most grotesque things humans would ever have to. Cleaning urine, feces, throwup, blood. Remember these guys are all EMT's and most paramedics. They are doing this job because they love the work. Not the money. Why is there a waiting list for the fire department in Redding that is 5 years long? Wouldnt you think we should at least have the same if not better retention than they do? Who wants to live in Redding, PA! Lets give these guys a voice to at least fight for what they are worth and have a leg to stand on. Currently they can ask for whatever they want and the city can say whatever they want. The city then wins because "They are the boss" Thats not fair in any situation. THIS IS WHY the city does not want unions.. Think about it, it would make sense the city would fight this because it would mean that they have less POWER and would feel weaker. Let the fellas at least make their points to the city with a little bit behind it. This dosent mean the city looses any ground they have it just means that the fellas will be treated how they deserve to and will be able to use a litmus status quo of other departments to get the equipment that the big cities have that could save your life.

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Jeff LaRoche 1 year, 10 months ago on Steamboat City Council opposes bill that would give local firefighters collective bargaining rights

I dont comment on here very often but this is an issue I feel strongly about. The fire and police are not treated fairly in this town. The police tried to get a union together a number of years ago and it was disbanded beacuse people were threatned with their jobs if they pushed the issue any further. Unions are meant to give the employee a voice that is heard. With police and fire, they put their lives on the line every day they suit up and its not fair to say that Denver PD or Denver Fire employees are taking more risk. Our cost of living is more here than there by far and they make a significant more amount than our guys here do. One reason they do is because of the union that they have there. Im not saying break the bank but lets just be fair to our guys instead of having the biggest turnover rate in Steamboat! Lets quit being a startup job for cops and fire and lets keep the ones we have!

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