Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Budget News: 11 Oakland fire recruits denied graduation ceremony

OAKLAND, Calif. — Behind closed doors earlier this week, the Oakland City Council denied a last-minute request to hire 11 fire recruits poised to take part in a graduation ceremony set for next week.
The council's action scrapped a request from the recruits to allow them to graduate and work for two weeks before being laid off while the city figures out how to square an $83 million budget gap.
Graduation from the academy and two weeks on the job would have secured reinstatement rights.
Instead, according to city officials, now the recruits can be rehired individually as openings in the department become available. "As of today, there will be no graduation ceremony, and, as far as I know, their last day was yesterday," said Chuck Garcia, president of Local 55 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, on Thursday

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

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