The Houston Firefighters' Relief and Retirement Fund is standing tall against Mayor Annise Parker who is considering a new pension system for the department.
The group's Todd Clark calls it retaliation against rank-and-file members who rejected the city's latest contract offer that would have eliminated his position.
“Its just another blatant attack and political grandstanding by this mayor,” Clark tells KTRH News. “She would love to take our new hires and put them into a 401K or something along those lines.”
Clark believes what the mayor is doing is illegal.
“We're a strong healthy pension system and we do not need these problems she keeps putting on us,” he says. “At the end of the day we'll pursue all legal means to prevent the city from violating the law.”
Mayor Parker's office issued the following statement in response:
“We’ve been talking about all possible pension options for the last four and a half years so it should not be surprising or big news that the issue is still front and center in my administration. However, there is currently no formal proposal on the table. Until that changes, we will not be commenting on speculation by one party or another.”