Fire Union approves tentative agreement with city of Omaha

Dec 6, 2013

A public hearing is set for Tuesday on a tentative agreement between the city of Omaha and the Professional Firefighters Association.

Fire Union members voted Wednesday and Thursday in favor of the agreement. It reduces the number of participants in a paramedic class next year to nine members, and gets the Fire Department’s budget to the approved 2014 level of $90.6 million.

Local 385 president Steve LeClair says it also means no layoffs.

“This tentative agreement keeps fire stations open, it keeps rigs in service, it keeps 19 young firefighters working. This was a negotiation for public safety and for the safety of the public.”

The tentative agreement says no firefighters will be laid off in 2014 or 2015.  

If approved by the City Council, the agreement would be in effect until the end of 2014, when the current Fire Department contract expires.