Cincinnati City Fire Union is Opposed to Plan

Cincinnati's firefighter union is opposing a compromise plan by city officials that was used for the past 10 days to end "brown outs" at some fire stations by temporarily reducing the size of some crews.

Council Member David Pepper noted that City Council assured the union that brown outs and three-person crews were temporary solutions for the next few months, and neither would be used during the 2005-2006 budget cycle.

"It's too bad. I thought we had come to a pretty good, creative agreement to avoid brown outs, and I hope the agreement holds," Pepper said.

"I'm sure the union is concerned about a precedent for next year, that it would be some kind of permanent approach," Pepper said. "No one wants that, and we've said very loudly and very clearly that we're not going to do that."