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Chicago, firefighters reach tentative contact deal

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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.

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