Boston OKs firefighters’ raise
City Councilors Wednesday voted to unanimously approve a four-year contract with the Boston Firefighters Union, which will give the City’s firefighters a 2 percent raise each year until 2021.
As the Herald reported last week, the contract is the second time that the two sides have come to an agreement without going to arbitration under Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration.
“The City of Boston and the firefighters unions have together reached a fair and affordable agreement that ensures Boston’s firefighters will continue to be safe and protected as they put their lives on the line every day,” Walsh said in a statement obtained by the Herald. “This agreement is a result of good faith negotiations to better serve our first responders, building on the City’s continued investment and prioritization of their health, safety and well-being.”
Under the contract, which is retroactive to July 2017, the City’s Paid Parental Leave benefit will be extended to employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement and psy- chiatrists would be added to the list of independent medical examiners for claims for injuries that happen while on duty. The contract, among other things, also stipulates increased pay for night shifts and hazardous duty labor.
“This is a fair deal,” Boston Firefighters Union President Rich Paris previously told the Herald. “It’s fair for the department, it’s fair for the city and it’s fair for citizens. It’s good that we can go on with business.”