Bangor firefighters pack council chambers to foyer for premium pay

About 50 Bangor firefighters crammed the town council chambers throughout a Monday evening assembly lobbying for the council to make use of federal COVID-19 aid for premium pay.

The Bangor firefighters union, Native 772 of the Worldwide Affiliation of Firefighters, requested greater than $817,000 to supply bonuses to first responders, nevertheless it ranked 51st out of 60 requests made for the town’s $20.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding after a evaluate performed by a volunteer panel.

The burgeoning dispute between firefighters and metropolis officers is a aspect impact of the method that has ruled Bangor’s use of the federal cash. It developed slower than different Maine cities and cities, with a lot of the work in vetting functions outsourced to an outdoor group.