Houston Finally Resolves Wage Lawsuit with $1.5 Billion Settlement

$1.5 Billion. That is NOT a typo. $1,500,000,000. The eight-year battle by Houston firefighters for a pay raise has finally resulted in a resolution of their claims in exchange for a new five-year collective bargaining agreement. The city council voted today to approve the package by a 14-0 vote, with one abstention.

The ongoing dispute between IAFF Local 341 and the city saw numerous lawsuits filed; trial and appellate decisions rendered; referendums passed; and referendums overturned. The settlement calls for $650 Million in backpay, which will be financed over a 25-year period, and a 34% pay increase over the life of the upcoming CBA.

Here is some of our prior coverage on the battle:

New Houston Mayor Raises Firefighters’ Optimism

Houston Police-Fire Pay Parity Bill Goes Into Effect

Texas Court of Appeals Upholds Houston Pay Parity

Houston Prop B Ruled Unconstitutional

Fox 26 Houston has full coverage, including an overview of how we got to where we are today with a $1.5 Billion settlement. Congratulations to President Marty Lancton and the eBoard of Local 341 on a job well done.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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