Dozens of firefighters, policemen and city workers crowded the City Council assembly room tonight to air their grievances over pay, pensions and appeals.
Jonathon Lehman, a local firefighter, spoke for about four minutes on behalf of three employee unions, saying they were expressing solidarity.
“We’re not irrational; we’re not greedy,” Lehman said.
He said the only thing the union members wanted was what had been taking from them over the years. He gave a list of grievances, including making sure the city’s pension plans remained untouched, giving city workers health coverage over the age of 65 and making sure workers are paid overtime.
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Cliff has worked for the Times Free Press for five years and covers Chattanooga city government. He previously covered Rhea County, as well as transportation and growth and development in Southeast Tennessee. A native of Maryville, Tenn., Cliff graduated in 2003 from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. Before coming to Chattanooga, he was a crime reporter with Hernando Today, a supplement of The Tampa (Fla.) ...