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The union representing San Bernardino’s firefighters sued the city in a pair of suits on Thursday and Friday, alleging city officials are violating San Bernardino’s charter in an ongoing pay dispute.

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 04/10/15, 6:55 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The union representing San Bernardino’s firefighters sued the city in a pair of lawsuits on Thursday and Friday, alleging city officials are violating San Bernardino’s charter in an ongoing pay dispute.

San Bernardino City Professional Firefighters first threatened to sue the city over this issue in October, after the city imposed pension changes over firefighters’ objections. San Bernardino is the only city in the state that bases its police and firefighter pay on the average of 10 similarly sized cities.

In a press release issued by the union Friday afternoon, SBCPF President Jeff English is quoted as saying the city’s decision is a “slap in the face” of residents who voted against changing the section of the city’s charter that sets out how the city’s firefighters and police are paid. The approved contract also included the closure of a fire station and the elimination of so-called constant staffing.

“We want to stop these violations and ensure that city leaders follow the laws that they have pledged to uphold,” the press release quotes English as saying.

In the suits, filed on Thursday and Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Riverside, the union asks the court to roll back last fall’s changes.

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