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    New York City Strikes Contract Deal With FFs

    New York City Strikes Contract Deal With FFs

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    The city has struck a contract deal with the firefighters union, NY1 has learned.

    Sources say the agreement will be announced at City Hall Wednesday afternoon. The contract will give rank-and-file firefighters essentially the same pay raise accepted by police officers earlier this year

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    FDNY, City Agree on Wage Increase

    FDNY, City Agree on Wage Increase
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


    Filed at 3:59 p.m. ET


    NEW YORK (AP) -- The firefighters' union announced a tentative agreement with the city on a wage increase Wednesday after drawn-out negotiations complicated by a budget crisis and the hero status accorded New York's bravest after Sept. 11.

    The firefighters would receive a retroactive 10 percent raise for the two years they worked without a contract, union president Steve Cassidy said. The agreement is subject to ratification by the union's 9,000 firefighters.

    The city had no immediate comment.

    Some firefighters welcomed the agreement.

    "With the climate in City Hall and so forth, I really didn't see them doing that much for us,'' said nine-year firefighter Martin Hurley.

    At public rallies, union leaders, politicians and celebrities have called for firefighters to receive what they call just compensation for their Sept. 11 sacrifices. A total of 343 firefighters died in the attacks.

    The period covered by the raise ended in June. Cassidy said the union will immediately begin negotiating another contract.

    "By no means do I feel this package represents the value of what our members are truly worth,'' he said. "Given the circumstances, given the hand we were dealt from, we felt that this is the best we could do.''

    Rank-and-file firefighters have worked for more than two years without a raise or union contract. A new recruit earns about $31,000 a year. After 20 years, salaries can reach about $55,000.

    With a roughly $42 billion annual budget, New York City faces an estimated deficit of $5 billion to $6 billion next year.




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    City reaches deal on new contract for Bravest

    City reaches deal on new contract for Bravest


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    The Bloomberg administration and the firefighters

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    FIREFIGHTERS GRAB 11.5% RAISE THEY ONCE NIXED

    FIREFIGHTERS GRAB 11.5% RAISE THEY ONCE NIXED

    By STEPHANIE GASKELL


    November 14, 2002 -- The firefighters union agreed to a new contract yesterday, with a double-digit raise that's almost the same as the deal it rejected last month.

    The new contract would give firefighters an 11.5 percent raise over 24 months.

    Last month, the union rejected an offer to increase pay by that same amount over 30 months.

    "It's virtually the same contract, only six months shorter," said Steve Cassidy, head of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, which represents more than 9,000 firefighters. "Twenty-four months is better than 30."

    Mayor Bloomberg called the deal "a significant raise" considering the city's $6 billion budget shortfall.

    The contract will cost the city $90 million a year.

    Under the contract, the starting salary for a firefighter would be increased by 5 percent, from about $32,000 to about $34,000.

    Firefighters with two or more years of service will get a 10 percent hike.

    The contract also sets aside 1.5 percent "to address certain, unique, specific issues for the union." Some of that money will be spent to increase the night-shift differential.

    The FDNY has been working without a contract for 21/2 years, which makes yesterday's deal retroactive.

    Firefighters should see a lump-sum check in about four months, city officials said.

    Negotiations on a current contract will begin as soon as this contract is ratified in about two months.

    "It's the best that could be done under the circumstances," said FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. "We're very happy it's resolved."

    Last month, the union held a rally to protest the offer of 11.5 percent over 30 months. The police union had just inked a deal for 11.7 percent over 30 months and Cassidy said his union felt it deserved more.

    "Even at that point, the city didn't come to us and say,

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