Mr. Irrelevant

Folks know that Commentary worked on Mayor John Whitmire’s campaign for H-Town Mayor all last year, like the entire year. Mayor Whitmire said last year that he would end the pay dispute with the H-Town Firefighters – period. The Mayor said it time and time again.  Here what the Mayor said yesterday in the today’s Chron:

“I was elected – among other things – to end this dispute, and this deal was the best available alternative to settle this long-running litigation with Houston firefighters. Monday morning quarterbacks may choose to ignore the fact that Texas law mandates firefighter pay to be based on private-sector compensation comparisons, not public sector, but as mayor and lead negotiator, I cannot ignore that fact.”

Here is how the Chron article starts:

Houston Controller Chris Hollins faced fierce criticism from firefighters union president Marty Lancton, after estimating that equalizing past pay for Houston firefighters with their peers in other major Texas cities would cost about half of the $650 million backpay currently under consideration.

Here is the entire Chron article: Houston Controller faces criticism over firefighter pay estimate (

Here is from the Houston Landing on the same issue:

The city would have saved hundreds of millions of dollars if it had raised Houston firefighter pay six years ago compared to a proposed $650 million back-pay settlement, City Controller Chris Hollins said Monday in an analysis Mayor John Whitmire swiftly rejected as irrelevant.

Here is the entire read: Hollins says HFD raises could have saved Houston millions (

Irrelevant. Mr. Irrelevant. Help solve the problem, please.

Commentary wants the H-Town firefighters to be the highest paid firefighters in Texas and what is wrong with that.


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