Chicago Firefighters Approve Contract

Chicago firefighters have approved a new five-year contract with the city that includes 11 percent raises, the firefighters' union president said today, reports The Chicago Tribune.

Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 President Thomas Ryan said about 91 percent of the members who returned their ballots by today's deadline voted in favor of the pact.

"I think it's a fair contract and it's a great contract for the people of Chicago because it allows us to continue doing the things we need to do to be the best fire department in the country," Ryan said.

The contract and part of the pay increases are retroactive to July 2012, when the last deal lapsed. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration has not said how the city will pay for the raises.

In addition to the raises, the contract calls for the conversion of 15 basic life support ambulances to advanced life support, a change the mayor supported. The advanced ambulances are staffed by paramedics and have better medication and lifesaving equipment, Ryan said. The city will also hire between 100 and 200 new paramedics to staff the new ambulances, he said.


The City Council still must approve the contract.

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