WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - D.C. police and firefighters are upset that Mayor Vincent Gray closed offices for Christmas Eve and ordered special pay for city employees who are required to work, but didn't include them.
The unions are portraying the mayor as a Grinch, while the mayor's office says their compensation is already fair.
"Apparently we have been exempted from the holiday," said D.C. Firefighter Union President Ed Smith in an e-mail to WUSA9. "My membership wants to know why?"
Except for the holiday wreaths and jingle bells attached to the grills of District fire trucks, emergency workers continued their normal routines while the unions battled city hall.