22 laid-off San Jose firefighters return to work

Twenty-two San Jose firefighters have been reinstated thanks to money from a federal grant.

August 26, 2011 6:43:16 PM PDT
A federal bailout has allowed budget-strapped San Jose to rehire 22 laid-off firefighters.

The $15 million, two-year fire Federal Emergency Management Agency grant helps to restore firefighter jobs lost a year ago because the city and fire union couldn't reach a deal on pay cuts needed to prevent layoffs.

Job cuts reduced the San Jose Fire Department force to about 650.

The San Jose Mercury News says the 22 laid-off firefighters return to work Friday. There was a rebadging ceremony on Thursday.

Congress members Zoe Lofgren and Mike Honda joined city officials in lobbying FEMA for the two-year grant.