Tim Sheridan, the California Democratic Party’s candidate in the 42nd Congressional District called on the state of California to begin negotiating a new contract and address disparities in compensation between Cal Fire Firefighters and other public servants.
“In the midst of a record breaking drought and the greatest outbreak of fires in our history, Californians face the real possibility of even larger, more destructive, and potentially deadlier wildfires” Sheridan said. “This leaves us even more reliant on the firefighters of Cal Fire. Yet, despite showing a selfless dedication to protecting our lives and property, Cal Fire Firefighters are paid substantially less than many other public employees, including other firefighters,” Sheridan argued.
As it has been widely reported by California’s Independent Human Resources Salary Report, Cal Fire firefighters make 33% less than firefighters from California’s top twenty municipal fire departments.
“There is no doubt that citizens respect and value the work that Cal Fire firefighters do.” Sheridan noted. “It is critical we pay these hard working people a wage equal to the tasks they perform and that is commensurate with their fellow firefighters. Cal Fire Firefighters are underpaid – I urge the state to do the right thing and begin to negotiate a raise without delay,” Sheridan concluded.
California’s 42nd Congressional District, a geographical area shaped like the letter “X.” runs along the I-15 corridor from Eastvale, southeast to Temecula, and northeast along the I-215 and CA-79 corridors to Beaumont. It also includes the communities of Corona, Norco, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Murrieta, Menifee, Sun City, Winchester, Homeland and Nuevo. Mr. Sheridan lives in Lake Elsinore.