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Fire station vote set for May 18

The Richmond Fire Department will decide whether to join a union or not on May 18.
Currently the city of Richmond and the Richmond Fire Department are going through a process where the Fire Department is attempting to form a union.
A petition letter was sent by some of the firefighters to Local 3133 based in Blue Springs. The union accepted the request and the vote will be conducted at the Fire Station.
City Administrator Rick Childers sent a letter to the Union in February saying the City Council accepted Local 3133 as the bargaining agent for the firefighters, although some councilmen dispute that they approved the letter. City Clerk Robin Littrell told The Daily News that the Council had come to a consensus to approve the letter.
All of the actions took place in closed session.
Richmond firefighters will not comment publicly on why they are seeking to join the union.
The Public Safety Committee met with Fire Chief Lonnie Quick last week to review the department’s budget. The committee did not find any discrepensies with the budget and did not indicate that they were in favor of making any cuts.
The Public Safety Committee along with the Ordinance Committee has called a meeting for this Friday at noon.

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