San Carlos to decide on cut to firefighters salaries

May 9, 2011 10:09:59 AM PDT
Tonight, the San Carlos City Council will decide whether to cut salaries for firefighters when the city begins contracting out fire services.

The plan approved last month calls for San Carlos and Redwood City to create a new combined fire department. Redwood City would provide managers with San Carlos firefighters being folded into the department. But the San Jose Mercury News reports that city staff is recommending cutting firefighters pay by five percent to bring the city's pay scale more in-line with other nearby cities.

The staff is also recommending reducing pension benefits, vacation and writing new work rules to reduce overtime.