HOBOKEN - After working without a contract since 2007, the local fire department unions reached an agreement with the administration of Mayor Dawn Zimmer on a new contract.
“This agreement is fair to both our employees and taxpayers,” Zimmer said in a statement. “Our firefighters have been working without a contract since 2007, and for the first time in years, they will now have a fair contract going into the future.”
The local fire unions are IAFF Local 1076 and 1078.
The agreement has been ratified by both union memberships, and the City Council will be asked to review and vote on the agreement at Monday night’s Council meeting, according to a city release.
The new six-year contract is effective from Jan. 1, 2007 through Dec. 31, 2013.
The retroactive pay increases and insurance and vacation day concessions that were negotiated mirror those agreed to with the police unions earlier this year. The retroactive pay will be paid over three years from 2012 to 2014, according to a city release.
Zimmer said the city will also look to make critical repairs to local fire stations through bonding. However, recently her council foes have stymied her attempts to bond. -- Ray Smith