Monarch firefighters are back in the pink after a compromise was reached over fundraiser tee shirts.
The district board had banned the Breast Cancer Awareness shirts over concerns that they didn't properly identify the firefighters as Monarch employees and objections to the union logo.
The board decided Tuesday that pink shirts would be okay, if they were redesigned.
That didn't happen. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that on Wednesday, Fire Chief Tom Vineyard and board president Robin Harris worked out a deal. The firefighters can wear the tee shirts with the union logo, but they must also wear an ID badge.
Firefighters in the Monarch Fire Protection District can wear their "Pink Heals" tee shirts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month after all.
After hearing from an angry crowd at Tuesday night's board meeting, the district board rescinded their earlier ban, but with conditions. The shirts must be redesigned without a union logo and must clearly identify firefighters as Monarch employees.
One of the board members who had banned the shirts, Robin Harris, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the fire chief has been directed to submit design changes by Wednesday.
The firefighters in the Monarch Fire Protection District won't be pretty in pink for this year's breast cancer fundraiser.
The bright pink tee-shirts they've worn during Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the last four years have been banned this year by the district board.
Two of the district's three board members told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the shirts aren't professional and could lead to confusion among the public, since firefighters sell the tees to raise funds.
Firefighters say the move is political, since the shirts bear the firefighter's union logo.
Relations between the board and the International Association of Firefighters has been tense since the April board election.