Tacoma’s fire union has approved a package of concessions to help avoid layoffs to 44 firefighters proposed under a first-round of cuts amid the city’s ongoing budget crisis.
Matt Frank, vice president of Local 31, told me today a majority of the union’s roughly 360 members approved a proposed concessions package that includes deferring until 2013 a 3.6 percent cost-of-living pay raise due this year.
Frank added firefighters had been due to get the same COLA raise since the beginning of last year, but “we deferred it to help the city with some cost savings at that point.”
“So, this is the second year in a row without a raise,” Frank said. “I think our membership has shown — by modifying our (Collective Bargaining Agreement) twice in the last two years to save the city money — that we’re dedicated to doing what we can to find a solution that’s best for the city, our membership and the citizens.”
Details of the fire union’s full concessions package have yet to be made readily available. Frank directed me to the city for more information (I’ve put in calls to city labor relations manager John Dryer and city spokesman Rob McNair-Huff, but have yet to hear back).
But Frank noted the fire union’s concessions are similar to those offered by Tacoma Police Union Local 6 earlier this month. The city council approved the police union’s concessions as part of a new contract on Tuesday. Read more »