Detroit Fire Department Reaches Tentative Agreement With Union

The City of Detroit and its largest firefighter union have come to a tentative contract agreement that would clear the last major labor holdout—provided the rank and file approve the contract—in the city’s effort to overcome bankruptcy.

According to the Mayor’s office, the 5-year labor deal includes better pay and guaranteed health care benefits for future retirees. The additional expenses would be offset by savings in the city budget identified by the Detroit Fire Fighters Association and the city.

Firefighters would be cross-trained in medical first response to enable firefighters to provide initial emergency care before the arrival of ambulances, making Detroit among the last major American cities to adopt the practice.

Union members will vote over the next two weeks to ratify the agreement, which was mediated by U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts.

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