Statement by Mayor Thomas M. Menino Regarding Firefighter Arbitration Award
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For Immediate Release
May 07, 2010
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Mayor's Office
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Mayor's Press Office
Press.Office@cityofboston.gov

Today, we received the complete decision on the Arbitration Award between the City of Boston and the International Association of Fire Fighters – Local 718. This award includes a 19% pay increase equaling approximately $74 million dollars. The arbitrator, Dana Eischen, concluded that firefighters deserved to get paid for drug and alcohol testing. They will be required to adhere to the same policy that all of our Public Works truck drivers and other truck drivers around the country are subject to under federal CDL law. I am required by law to submit this award to the City Council for their decision to fund or not fund this contract. The cost associated with this award is enormous and while we have some collective bargaining reserves set aside we have not set aside enough to fund this decision. Libraries, community centers and other programs have been hit hard and while we are required by law to submit a funding package for this contract we are struggling to find the appropriate way to support the extra expense.

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