Follow Up: Council delays layoff vote as Houston firefighters say details are still missing

  • Source: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
  • Published: 04/17/2019 05:16 PM

VIDEO: It didn't take long for Houston's city council to delay a vote on potential firefighter layoffs Wednesday. With one word, Councilman Dwight Boykins moved it to next week. There was no discussion until council members' personal time at the end of the meeting. Council members Brenda Stardig and Dr. Steve Le both pushed Mayor Sylvester Turner to bring in a mediator, with Stardig suggesting, "We need to bring these two sides together." Turner said no. "I am not doing anything to delay this process further." It sets up a vote on layoffs for next Wednesday that, barring unforeseen changes, cannot be delayed. As council adjourned for the week, dozens of Houston firefighters and cadets packed the firefighters' union hall for a job fair. Fire departments from Katy, Baytown, Texas City and College Station, among others, collected resumes. Most recruiters are telling Houston-trained firefighters, "We're hiring right now."


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