Contract with Aberdeen Firefighters extended one year without changes

The Aberdeen City Council approved a resolution Wednesday night authorizing Mayor Bill Simpson and Finance Director Kathryn Skolrood to sign an agreement with the city’s firefighters “to extend all the terms of the current labor agreement for one year, through Dec. 31, 2014.”

It means the firefighters, represented by International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 2639, will get not get a raise or any other benefit changes. “In today’s economic climate, it is a productive move for both parties,” said Fire Chief Tom Hubbard.

Two of four unions representing city workers still need to finalize new contracts with the city — the police administrators union and the police union. A three-year contract with office workers and other employees was signed earlier. All four expired at once at the end of the year.

Most city union contracts are three years in length. Negotiations with the firefighters will reopen at the end of the year.


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