JC Firefighter Contract Stalemate

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 15, 2008 at 11:19 PM EDT

Renegotiating the highly criticized Johnson City Firefighters contract isn't likely to happen.

Tonight, the Village Board discussed a new proposal drafted by the firefighters.

They're willing to take a decrease in their 41 percent raise over 5 years.

But only if certain staffing limits were lifted.

Under the current contract, the village hopes to shrink the size of the fire department to offset the rise in salary.

"It's a very expensive item to get out but I believe it's best we got that clause out. So through attrition we can reduce the size of the fire department to more in line with the size of the village," said Johnson City Trustee Bruce King.

The firefighters were offering to only take a four percent annual raise, as opposed to the seven percent agreement reached earlier.

Under the firefighters proposal vacancies would also have to be filled within thirty days.

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