Union Fire Contract/Omaha Fire Department


PROBLEM: For many years now, serious questions about OFD management have concerned taxpayers.  Expensive minimum staffing requirements, employment and payroll records that no one can audit, a history of unfair nepotism, and union contract negotiations that dismiss taxpayers' interests are just a few of the management mistakes that continue to plague OFD.

SOLUTION: Serious reform of OFD management is needed to reduce the excessive costs and streamline department services.


VIDEOS: A comprehensive local news piece identifying both the local and national controversy over fire union contracts:

Fire Union Holds Open House Amid 'Anti Union' Sentiment

Mayor Answers ??? About LASIK in Contract


07/08/2011 New Fire Union Contract Analysis

01/15/2011 Fire Union Contract Analysis

01/15/2011 Six Million Dollar Solution.


03/18/2010 $6 MILLION SOLUTION FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT "the numbers"


02/10/2010 Mismanagement of the City of Omaha Fire and Rescue Department

01/11/2010 Fire Union Contract


ARTICLES: Fire Union Criticizes City Memo, Omaha World Herald 08/27/2003

New Rules Broaden for Chief's Job, Omaha World Herald 04/02/2008

Chief Tests Management Skills, Omaha World Herald 07/24/2008

Group Sees Sweetheart Deal, Omaha World Herald 01/13/2010

Fire Denies Sweetheart Deals, Omaha World Herald 01/13/2010

Firefighters Cashing Comp Time, Omaha World Herald 01/13/2010

Changes in Firefighting Testing, Omaha World Herald 01/16/2010

Consultant Hired, Omaha World Herald 03/24/2010

Auditor Faults Records, Omaha World Herald 10/28/2010

Better Tracking Needed, Omaha World Herald 10/29/2010

Records Changed, Omaha World Herald 11/01/2010

Need Monthly Reports, Omaha World Herald 11/03/2010

$7 Million Headache, Omaha World Herald 01/06/2011

Punished for Talking, Omaha World Herald 04/07/2011

No Retaliation, Omaha World Herald 04/23/2011

Safety at Risk, Omaha World Herald 04/25/2011

Fire Reached Deal, Omaha World Herald 05/24/2011

Suttle on Timing, Omaha World Herald 05/25/2011

Contract Timing Debated, Omaha World Herald 05/25/2011

Union to Gov: Keep Out, Omaha World Herald 05/27/2011

Vote on Fire Pact delayed, Omaha World Herald 06/01/2011

Suttle: No Need to Wait on Fire Pact, Omaha World Herald 06/08/2011

****GOOD NEWS****Only 45 more years of high taxes until we fund the police and fire pensions!!!!

City's Pensions Shortfall Drops, Omaha World Herald 06/11/2011

Contract Moves Forward, Omaha World Herald 07/08/2011

Mayor Puts Fire Pact Back on Table, Omaha World Herald 08/27/2011

No Mayor at Bargaining Table? Omaha World Herald 08/29/2011

Council Takes Over Negotiation, Nebraska Watchdog 08/30/2011

Fire House Called Party House, Omaha World Herald 09/10/11

Fire Union Sues City, KETV 09/11/2011

Contract Dispute Goes to Arbitration, Omaha World Herald 09/29/2011

Fire Department Records One Year Later, KETV 10/12/2011

Lauded for Absence of Fire Deaths, Omaha World Herald 12/10/2011

Firefighters Still Wait for '09 Back Pay, Omaha World Herald 04/13/12


Scare Tactics Used for Fire Contract, Dave Nabity, Omaha World Herald 08/15/11

Don't Rush the Fire Deal, World Herald Editorial, Omaha World Herald 08/14/11

Toward a More Perfect Union, by Tristan Bonn 07/07/2011

Nabity Whistleblower 06/11/2011

Brother Can You Spare a Dime? 05/15/2011

Public Disrespected, Omaha World Herald 10/30/2010

Solution to Omaha Woes Reform, Not Taxes, by David Nabity 08/09/10

Suttle, City Could Save Through Downsizing, by David Nabity 05/01/2010

Fire Ordinance Recklessly Prevents Review, by David Nabity 07/28/2009

Cuts in Fire Budget Necessary, Practical by Dan Welch 08/28/2007



A great national piece describing the rise and the controversy surrounding public employee unions:

The New Tammany Hall by Daniel DiSalvo and Fred Siegel, 10/12/2009


CONTRACTS: Check out the pending Fire Contract and decide for yourself if the City has bargained for enough savings.  Click on this link, then scroll to bottom of the page for a link to the contract:

Proposed Fire Contract

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