Deal Would Give Boston Firefighters 18.8% Pay Hike

Boston firefighters would receive an 8.8 percent pay increase under a new contract set to be voted on next week, the Boston Globe reported Friday.

The six-year deal would put an end to the nearly three years Boston firefighters had been working without a contract. The terms of the contract would cost the city $92.4 million, the Globe reported.

The tentative firefighter agreement includes a baseline 14 percent pay increase, along with additional funds that preserve a unique 0.5 percent pay perk known as the transitional career award program, which firefighters get each time there is a pay increase.

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The City of Boston and Boston’s firefighter union reached a tentative contract deal on April 19 but the details of the agreement were not released at the time.

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.

“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 at the time.

After the tentative contract was reached, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the agreement “serves the best interests of the City of Boston—for firefighters and taxpayers.”