Buffalo Firefighters Union Approves New Deal With City

6:22 PM, May 31, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Members of the Buffalo Firefighters Union Local 282 have voted in favor of a tentative agreement their officers reached with city leaders last week.

Details on the margin of approval or terms of the deal have not been released.  The Buffalo Common Council still needs to approve the contract.  The union says details of the agreement and vote will be discussed then.

Firefighters have been working without a new contract since 2002.  The City of Buffalo has made several contract offers in that time but until today, has been unable to reach an agreement with the union rank and file.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown released a statement on the vote late Thursday night:

"I am pleased that the members of Local 282 (Buffalo Firefighters) have agreed to contract terms that pave the way for the end of a decade-long labor dispute.

We negotiated a fair contract that I believe is in the best interests of the taxpayers of the City of Buffalo. While the details will be reviewed by both the Buffalo Common Council and the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority in the coming weeks, I am confident that our efforts to resolve an unprecedented 15-year contract term will be recognized as both fiscally responsible and forward-thinking."

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