From the City of Long Beach:
The City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Paid Firefighters Union Reach Agreement to Extend Five Formerly-Grant-Funded Jobs Through February 15
Long Beach, NY – The Long Beach Paid Firefighters Union and the City of Long Beach’s have reached an agreement to stave off the layoffs for five formerly-grant-funded firefighters.
“This deal temporarily saves the jobs of five members of our union,” said Union President Bill Piazza. “We will keep negotiating to maintain these positions going forward.”
The agreement which was reached between the City and the Paid Firefighters Union included a deferral of the layoff date from January 1, 2015 to February 15, 2015 in exchange for a deferral of one week’s pay from all members of the Paid Firefighters Union to be paid back at a future date. Although the grant that funded these five paid firefighters expired on December 1, 2014, the City had already instituted a grace period of one month, as a courtesy, keeping the jobs available through the end of the year.
“Working together, the City and the Paid Firefighters Union negotiated a deal that kept these five positions funded for another month and a half, and we are pleased that the union accepted the initial offer we made several weeks ago” said City Manager Jack Schnirman. “These positions were originally funded by a grant, and they are now funded through mid-February by a concession of the Paid Firefighters Union members – a deferral of one week’s pay.”
The City’s combination department of paid and volunteer firefighters provides EMS and fire protection 24 hours a day, 7 day a week. [LINK]