Middletown (OH) Firefighters Losing Jobs After Contract Vote

Nearly a dozen Middletown firefighters will lose their jobs tonight after the union rejected a tentative contract agreement reached with the city earlier this month, reports cincinnati.com (http://cin.ci/1nMLV2c)

City officials said the agreement with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 336 would have maintained all current firefighters without wage reductions. Union leaders, who recommended their members to approve the deal, and the city reached the tentative agreement Aug. 19.

Middletown officials announced Friday the union members rejected the proposed deal.

Now, the Tytus Avenue station, one of five in Middletown, is shutting down, said City Manager Doug Adkins. He said the station handled the lowest volume of calls in the city. After the layoffs, the city will employ more than 70 firefighters.

“The proposal saved 11 firefighter jobs, added back four unfilled positions, and allowed the city to stay with the preferred operational profile,” Adkins said in a news release. “To actively vote to eliminate 15 of your own positions, to reduce public safety personnel available to protect the public, and to guarantee the operational profile that the union stated was the sticking point in negotiations makes no sense to me.”

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