The City of San Bernardino has reached a global settlement with its firefighters, resolving fifteen different legal proceedings ranging from a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuit to several unfair labor practice charges. The estimated price tag of the various actions could have been $40 million.
The settlement clears the way for city firefighters to transfer into the San Bernardino County Fire Department. The City filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 9 in 2012.
The settlement calls for the City to:
- Pay $1,562,187 over city imposed pension cost-sharing
- Pay $1,142,000 to settle the FLSA claims
- Make two payments of $1,491,000.00, one this year and one in 2017, to compensate city firefighters for pay and benefits with the county that are referred to as “not comparable”;
- Pay $430,000 to the county to cover sick leave and vacation time of the transferred firefighters.
The firefighters union, as an unsecured creditor of $14 million, agrees to vote to accept the city’s bankruptcy plan, and will receive 1 percent of its $14 million claim.
Here is a copy of the settlement agreement: 2016 Settlement