Breaking News Bar
updated: 4/10/2014 6:07 PM

Chicago, firefighters reach tentative contact deal

Success - Article sent! close
Associated Press

The city of Chicago and its firefighters have reached a tentative contract agreement that will be retroactive from July 2012 and end in July 2017.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in announcing the agreement, said Thursday the city and the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 "have reached an agreement that is a responsible and fair approach" that ensures the firefighters and paramedics are compensated for their hard work.

Under the tentative agreement, firefighters and paramedics will receive an 11 percent pay increase over five years.

The tentative deal also requires the city to upgrade its ambulance fleet and hire about 200 additional paramedics by September. The deal does not include pension or retiree health care reform.

In addition to the union, the agreement must be ratified by the Chicago City Council.

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.