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Youngstown and its firefighters have new 3-year pact



Published: Wed, January 21, 2009 @ 8:06 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Approving a three-year contract is a testament to the ongoing cooperation between the city and the International Association of Firefighters Local 312, said fire Chief John O’Neill.

City council and the union, which represents 140 firefighters, came to an agreement on the pact, which will include a 3-percent retroactive pay increase during its first year.

Council passed the agreement at its meeting tonight. The agreement was a result of a fact-finder report on union contracts, as well as the proposals of both the city and the union.

“I’m thrilled; it’s always tough working through negotiations,” O’Neill said.

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12old2care(19 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Oldman... I've agreed with your comments a number of times, but this time we differ.

The dedicated and fearless men and women of the Youngstown Fire Department have earned every penny of this pay raise and then some.

Keep in mind please, if it weren't for them, Youngstown would have no "store" to give away. Arson in this town is something that endangers them and others whether a building is vacant or not, and sorry to say it seems to be on the increase.

I was born and raised in this town and yes, I agree there isn't much here to brag about. But if my home caught fire, I know we'd have the best firefighters around on the scene.

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2TheLostPatrol(755 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

No one is saying that the Youngstown Firefighter's don't deserve to be paid a liveable wage. What is hard to digest is that the City Finance Director came out a month ago and projected the City to be in a deficit for 2009. Then, we see that MANY private businesses are having massive layoffs. Regardless of where you are employed both private or public, today, you are lucky just to be "still employed" and not on the streets passing out resume's. This is NOT the right time to be handing out raises, especially the Public Sector.

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3apollo(1227 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Exactly right TLP. They, union public workers, have an entitlement mentality nowadays. They think they are irreplaceable and hold the government entities and tapxpayers hostage. Everyone else is lucky to be employed and yet they demand more in wages and benefits. It simply is ridiculous and amazing.

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