With the elimination of their positions finalized earlier this week, firefighters are asking the city to negotiate on the change to public safety officers.
Scott Dix, president of Cedar Falls Firefighters Local 1366, made the request to begin formal union negotiations in a letter sent to the city Wednesday. He is seeking a response by 5 p.m. Friday.
In the meantime, a firefighter transition task force is scheduled to begin meeting Friday to determine other career paths the city can offer the eight affected employees. The task force is set to meet for the first time at 7 a.m. in City Hall and will make its recommendations by April 1.
The firefighters have been on paid administrative leave since the City Council’s Monday night decision affirming its earlier vote to reorganize the public safety department. Council members overrode Mayor Rob Green’s veto of that earlier decision with a 5-2 super majority.