Firefighters Approve Contract with Omaha
CREATED Nov 22, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Omaha firefighters have approved what would be their first new contract since 2007.
It was unclear Thursday how many voted for the deal, which had been recommended by the union executive board. The votes were counted Wednesday after two days of voting.
The City Personnel Board is scheduled to vote Nov. 29 on the contract. If approved, the City Council would have the final vote.
Officials say the deal would help bolster the underfunded pension fund and reduce the city's obligations because firefighters would contribute more and new hires would be promised a smaller pension.
Under the contract firefighters would pay for 7 percent of their health insurance costs.
Firefighters would get raises of 2.5 percent in 2012, 2.25 percent in 2013 and 2.9 percent in 2014.
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