Report: New city contract for first responders

December 13, 2010 6:10:15 AM PST
Chicago firefighters and paramedics reportedly have a tentative contract with the city.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the deal would give firefighters a 10-percent pay raise over five years. It would also give the city more flexibility to cut manpower and overtime costs. That includes not automatically replacing any firefighter who goes home sick during a shift.

The deal comes after nearly four years of bargaining. If approved, it would run through June 2012.

According to the Sun-Times, votes on this new contract will be counted Wednesday.


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