Boston’s firefighter union reaches tentative agreement

The City of Boston and Boston’s firefighter union have reached a tentative contract deal that may include a pay increase for firefighters, an issue that the Boston Globe reported Saturday.

Details of the agreement have not been released. According to the Globe:

The firefighters' union, Local 718, had been seeking a pay increase similar to the 25.4 percent raise awarded to city police patrolmen in December, which was expected to cost about $87 million.

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“This is the first time since 2001 that we were able to agree at the table and avoid arbitration since 2001, and we are grateful to Mayor Walsh for getting a deal done at the bargaining table,” Richard Paris, President of Boston Firefighters Local 718, said in a press release.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the agreement “serves the best interests of the City of Boston—for firefighters and taxpayers.”