Rhode Island city reaches tentative contract deal with firefighters union

  • Source: Providence Journal
  • Published: 05/01/2019 12:00 AM

Negotiators for the city and the executive board of Warwick’s firefighters union have reached agreement on a proposed union contract that would bolster the city’s financial position, Mayor Joseph J. Solomon said Tuesday. The proposed contract, which remains subject to ratification votes by the union’s membership and by Warwick’s City Council, would incorporate pension language already written into the city’s ordinances, said Solomon. “This should have been done in the past,” Solomon said. “It’s being done now.” The pension provision, as well as others in the proposed deal, would resolve a collection of grievances raised in arbitration proceedings by the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 2748, Solomon said. The contract would cover two fiscal years, including the current year that ends on June 30 and the year that starts July 1, Solomon said. Firefighters would receive no raises during that time frame, he said.


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