Firefighters rally against changes in pensions, workers comp.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Firefighters from across the state gathered at the steps of the Capitol Monday to voice their concerns about legislation that could change pensions and workers compensation.

“Firefighters are the ones running in when everyone else is running out,” Oklahoma State Firefighters Association Executive Director Herb Bradshaw said. “Hard-working Oklahomans, particularly those who put their lives on the line for their fellow citizens each day, deserve the respect and attention of elected officials.”

“In addition, paid and volunteer firefighters must also stand unified to oppose these attempts at reducing injury compensation benefits for grieving families and funding a questionable transition to an administrative system,” Rick Beams said, president of the Professional Firefighters of Oklahoma. “These actions to chip away at the rights of firefighters are unjustified and ill-advised.”

The workers compensation changes would affect all workers in our state, not just firefighters.

We are interviewing legislators right now about why they say the changes are necessary. Check back for what they had to say this afternoon.

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