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.

Comments (2)
  1. Concerned Citizen says:

    Whay does a city the size of North Las Vegas not look at contracting with a private fire fighting company. Many states and local Governments are switching to a privateized fire department. The benifits are the lower costs to the tax payers and the Lack of abuse of the system which employes them. This would be and end to the overtime and call back abuses and save the tax payers millions. Why don’t the local government agencies Look at phasing out the mismanaged system we have now for a fire for hire system which would award a cotract for service based on bids submitted. It works very well for AMR and Medic West.

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