The City of Ann Arbor and the firefighter union agreed Monday night to new collective bargaining terms before the expiration of the current contract for the first time in 25 years.
City Council voted 8-1 to approve the contract March 2 at Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron St. Council also voted unanimously to approve a new contract with the police department deputy chiefs.
The firefighters’ contract is good for five years until Dec. 31, 2024, a press release stated. Chris Buscemi, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 693 Union, called negotiations with the city “fair and productive.”
“Having a five-year contract will not only provide stability within the fire department, but it will also allow our focus to be placed elsewhere,” Buscemi said in a news release. “We have always seemed to be playing catch up with two contracts settled in 2019; one of which has been expired for more than two years."