Wilmington Firefighters get a new contract

The new two-year deal does not include a pay increase, but includes a pledge by the city not to lay off firefighters.

Wilmington City Council approved the new contract at its meeting Thursday night.  The deal is retroactively effective from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2012.  In addition to no pay increases, the contract also requires firefighters to increase their payments for health and dental coverage.  

The deal also eliminates Lincoln’s Birthday and Columbus Day as holidays for firefighters.  Other non-union employees in the city have already been required to give up the days off.  

In a statement announcing the deal, the Baker administration says the contract “reflects an understandging between the parties that the city’s fiscal condition has been weakened by a loss of anticipated revenue.”

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