Bos­ton OKs fire­fight­ers’ raise

Boston Herald - - BIZ SMART - By BROOKS SUTHER­LAND

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.”

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