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Union approves new contract for firefighters

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima firefighters have approved a new labor contract that gives them a pay raise this year and next.

This is the second collective bargaining agreement approved by the firefighter's union.

The city council shot down their first contract, so union reps went back to the drawing board.

The first agreement addressed staffing issues, and in exchange, firefighters agreed to a pay freeze for this year.

This new contract does not talk about staffing, and would give crews a five percent raise over the next two years.

 "The city has said that they don't want to discuss staffing in contract negotiations. So, that left us with the only topics we're allowed to really talk about being those subjects that are mandatory subjects of bargaining which is wages, hours, and working conditions," said union President, Jeremy Rodriguez.

The city council will vote on Monday.

Rodriguez says more than 80% of city firefighters voted for the agreement and he's hopeful the council will approve it as well.

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