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North Las Vegas, Firefighters Agree On Concessions

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The North Las Vegas City Council approved an agreement on contract concessions with the firefighters union that will save the jobs of 33 firefighters.

The agreement includes the suspension of cost-of-living raises for fiscal year 2011-12, which begins July 1. The 3.75 percent raise will not be deferred or made up in future years.

The value of the concessions is about $4 million.

Jeff Hurley, president of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1607, said the union is willing to negotiate with the cash-strapped city for even more concessions.

“We do not believe as firefighters that our responsibility is done,” he said. “This… in our eyes is not wiping our hands and walking away. We’re committed to working with the city.”

If the agreement hadn’t been reached, the 33 firefighters could have been laid off as soon as July.

The union’s agreement with the city also includes suspending step increases, which will not be made up in future years, and freezing holiday and sick leave sell-back in fiscal year 2012.

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