•  Wrong for our community.

•  Costly for taxpayers.

•  No benefit to Colorado Springs.

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Local Fire Department

  • Colorado Springs Fire Department has one of the highest ISO ratings a fire department can receive. These ratings measure how well-equipped departments are to put out fires. Learn more about ISO ratings here.
  • More than 50 percent of the city budget is devoted to public safety, which is more than most cities our size.
  • From 2016-2021, the city is adding another 52 people in the fire department, including 44 line firefighters.
  • Line firefighter pay has increased 16% in the last four years, from $68,000 to $80,000, plus overtime, far exceeding the average salary in Colorado Springs of $47,000.
  • Firefighters receive a generous benefits package, including lifetime retirement pay.

Our police and firefighter organizations have full access to the Mayor and City Council to discuss wages, benefits, staffing, equipment, etc., and are well represented on all city compensation and benefits committees.

“Colorado Springs is very supportive of all our public safety professionals and work to ensure they are well compensated, staffed and equipped. We do not believe unionization of our fire department advances this goal, nor is it in the best interest of our community and its taxpayers.”

John Suthers 
Mayor, Colorado Springs

Issue #1 is WRONG
for Our Community

  • Collective bargaining will turn a historically collaborative relationship into a highly contentious negotiation between the city and an “exclusive bargaining agent.”
  • If the firefighters’ bargaining agent and city leadership can’t agree on labor terms, a special election to resolve the dispute would be required, at a cost of up to $500,000 to Colorado Springs taxpayers.
  • Passing Issue #1 will lead to other city and county government employees unionizing, creating additional costs for taxpayers.
  • The citizens of Colorado Springs elect a Mayor and City Council to carefully review revenues and set budget priorities with the interest of all citizens in mind. That responsibility should not be delegated to unelected persons whose responsibility is to advocate exclusively for one group of employees. A city budget is a zero-sum game. If firefighters get more, some other aspect of city government, whether it be police, public works, or parks, will get less.
  • Colorado Springs has grown and prospered through the decades because it embraces an entrepreneurial spirit, low taxation, and an affordable cost of living. We have prospered without unionization of our public employees.

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February 12, 2019: THE GAZETTE: Vote ‘no’ on union bargaining for Colorado Springs firefighters

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