North Riverside: Fire union says politics behind possible far-reaching lawsuit
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South Town Star:
“The stateâ€™s largest firefighters union claims that a lawsuit filed by North Riverside to terminate the villageâ€™s fire union is motivated by politics, not financial problems.
â€œOver the last 10 years, North Riverside hasnâ€™t made a single full payment into the union pension fund,â€ said Pat Devaney, president of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois. â€œIn five of those 10 years, it made no payments at all. Zero!â€
A lawsuit filed on behalf of North Riverside by Evergreen Park attorney Burton Odelson contends that the west suburb no longer can afford to make payments into the fire pension fund as required by law.
The first-of-its-kind lawsuit in Illinois asks a Cook County judge to dissolve the firefighters union so the suburb can privatize its fire department.
â€œThis isnâ€™t about the suburbâ€™s ability to fund the pension,â€ Devaney said. â€œItâ€™s about politics.â€ Â Â Full Story Continued….
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