Firefighters union offers concessions to save jobs - WNEM TV 5

Firefighters union offers concessions to save jobs

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

The Saginaw firefighters union is offering concessions in an effort to save jobs. The Saginaw City Council approved a tentative agreement with the union. The union membership still has to vote on the proposal.

Under the agreement, nine positions would be saved. An additional position is expected to be saved due to a retirement.

"We feel that by bringing these concessions forward we're giving them the best safety that we can for the price," said local IAFF vice president Brandon Hausbeck.

The proposed concession include a longer work week for the same pay. Firefighters will increase their work week from 54 to 56 hours. They could also be required to pay more into the pension and benefit system.

The measure will allow 3 of the city's 4 fire stations to remain open.

"Well I think it says a lot about their concern and I think it says a lot about their commitment to the community," said Saginaw City Manager Darnell Earley.

The city planned to lay off a total of 15 firefighters as part of budget cuts. Those cuts were set to take effect July 1.

The fire department is also waiting to hear if it will receive a federal grant. If the grant is awarded before June 28th concessions won't take effect and all jobs will be saved.

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