General Motors is shedding workers. California is forcing state employees to take unpaid furloughs for the equivalent of 15 percent pay cuts. Small employers on Main Street are closing. Teachers are losing their jobs. Everywhere you look in the private and public sectors the pain is being spread with one high-profile exception – the federal government.
To the extent practicable and within economic resources, the City shall endeavor to attain and maintain a minimum Engine and Ladder Company complement of three full-time employees. The Fire Department shall make every reasonable effort to ensure that other duties assigned to unit members, including but not limited to Fire Department sponsored training, special projects, or incidental duties shall be scheduled so as not to conflict with the intent of this section.