Texas early voting starts this week, and Houstonians have a lot of important decisions to make. In addition to voting for candidates, Houstonians will be voting on a number of propositions that will have huge implications for the city. Feldman & Feldman has proudly assisted the Houston Professional Firefighters Association (HPFFA) in its effort to get its “Proposition B” pay initiative on the November ballot.
What Is Proposition B?
Houston firefighters are asking Houstonians to vote on whether or not firefighters should have pay parity with police officers. HPFFA President Marty Lancton described Proposition B by asking a simple question, “Do you equally value the service and sacrifice of the brave Houston firefighters the same way the city of Houston equally values that of brave Houston police officers?”
Since 2011, Houston police officers have had a 37% increase in their salaries, but Houston firefighters have only received a 3% pay increase during this same timeframe. Houston firefighters are just looking for equal treatment for doing a job that saves lives at the risk of their own. If Proposition B passes, firefighters across Houston will receive well deserved raises for their hard work.
Getting Proposition B On the Ballot
Houston firefighters have had a hard time getting Proposition B on the ballot. Critics of the plan, including Mayor Sylvester Turner, have aggressively tried to prevent the issue from going before local voters. Feldman & Feldman filed a restraining order against Mayor Turner on behalf of the HPFFA after a video showing Mayor Turner campaigning against the pay parity initiative during a city council meeting was posted to the City of Houston’s website.
Feldman & Feldman Is Proud To Represent Firefighters
The entire legal team at Feldman & Feldman has great respect for firefighters. We are proud to not only represent Houston firefighters, but also San Antonio and Dallas firefighters with their legal issues. As election law lawyers, with experience handling claims against governmental agencies, we are uniquely qualified to handle these types of cases. Contact us today to see how we can help you with your legal concerns.