Firefighters say city exploiting health problems to cut staff
NEW YORK (AP) - A lawyer for the firefighters' union attributed
rising rates of sick leave to the city's failure to provide proper
equipment to firefighters working in the ruins of the World Trade
Center following the Sept. 11, 2001 attack.
"It was a well-known fact that firefighters were down there
without the proper respiratory equipment," the lawyer, Robert
Sullivan, said in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn on Thursday.
Speaking at a hearing on a lawsuit brought by the union to stop
the city from reducing the number of firefighters at engine
companies, Sullivan also said the city was capitalizing on
firefighters' failing health to support its staff reduction plans.
Beginning next Thursday, the department plans to staff engine
company crews with four members rather than five. Under the terms of
a labor agreement, the Fire Department says it can reduce the
number of firefighters on engine crews when rates of sick leave
exceed 7.5 percent of the work force.
But the union said the city should not be allowed to use the
illness rate to reduce the size of engine company crews since the
lack of respiratory equipment caused the health problems that have
disabled many firefighters.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city was not exploiting the
"We're not taking advantage of anything other than our rights
under the contract," Bloomberg told reporters. "You have a
contract, both parties have to live up to the contract. Period."
(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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