The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Washington, D.C. EMTs Cheated of Pensions

Jun 12, 2023

Five Washington, D.C. firefighters sued the city in early June for failing to fund pensions for them. Around 20 years ago the city merged its firefighting and emergency medical services. At that time, city paramedics or emergency medical technicians (EMTs) had only a retirement savings plan like a 401(k) for public employees. They were told if they got training in firefighting, the money would be transferred into a regular pension. But now they have learned the city spent the money on equipment and other expenses instead. Some have worked for well over 30 years, but the chief told them they have to work for another 15 years to earn a pension!

The city’s word means nothing, not even for the “first responders” they always pretend to honor.