Baltimore City Reaches Agreement With Fire Department Unions

As reported by the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore City recently reached an agreement with two of the City’s Fire Department Unions.  From the article (limited free views available):

The agreement is expected to save the city about $72 million over nine years, with about 140 positions eliminated through attrition. Meanwhile, firefighters will get a 16.5 percent pay raise and be required to work an average of 47.5 hours each week rather than 42.

“We’re excited for a new change,” said John Burke, secretary-treasurer of the union that represents city firefighters. “In my 22-year career, this is the largest increase in salary that I’ve had. I feel personally that it was a good deal.”

The mayor’s office had been locked in negotiations with the Fire Department unions for months, and in March, the firefighters rejected a proposal that would have required them to work 49 hours per week in exchange for a 12.5 percent raise.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she was pleased with the compromise.