Boston firefighters union ratifies $27.35 million contract with city

The Boston firefighters union has ratified a $27.35 million agreement with the city that includes a roughly 10.6% bump in pay over a three-year period.

The contract was ratified by union membership last Friday. The two sides reached a tentative agreement two weeks ago, effectively avoiding arbitration after months of failed negotiations.

“We are pleased to announce the ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement focused on the needs of Boston’s communities and the dedicated firefighters who are always on call to keep our city safe,” Mayor Michelle Wu and Boston Firefighters Local 718 President Sam Dillon said in a joint statement.

“This agreement reflects our shared commitment to delivering the exceptional city services that make Boston the best place to live, work and raise a family. We look forward to presenting this agreement to the City Council for approval.”

A Wu spokesperson said the $27.35 million cost of the contract has been filed as a supplemental fiscal year 2024 budget appropriation for the Wednesday City Council meeting.

As part of that cost, firefighters will receive retroactive pay increases of 3% apiece for fiscal years 2022 and 2023, and a 2.5% raise for fiscal year 2024, which began on July 1, 2023.

The contract extends from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024, meaning that the two sides will be back at the bargaining table this spring, a city official told the Herald.

It also includes a 1.5% increase for hazardous duty compensation, which only covers the current fiscal year, and a nighttime paid detail bump of $8.

For the latter, which includes nightclub and movie theater oversight, the raise is the first in “quite some time.” It is meant to incentivize work that had grown unappealing due to the low compensation, the city official said.

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