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Wednesday 7 December 2022
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City Reaches Agreement with Firefighters, Establishes Residency Requirement

By Staff

 

Fire DeptMayor Stephanie Miner has announced the city has reached a new contractual agreement with the leadership of the Syracuse Firefighters Union, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 280, which, among other provisions, establishes a five-year residency requirement for new hires in the department.

“This new contract recognizes the fact that there is a benefit anytime public employees live in the jurisdiction which they serve,” Mayor Miner stated. “I am pleased with this development, and glad to see it included in the new contract agreement. This contract is fiscally sound, and includes fair compensation for our firefighters, and appropriate increases in healthcare contributions, acknowledging the fiscal realities faced by the city of Syracuse.”

According to Miner, the new contract will mandate all new firefighters hired by the Syracuse Fire Department live in the city of Syracuse for no less than five years upon employment with the city.

In addition, the new contract will also include raises of two percent for firefighters, beginning retroactively on January 1, 2015, and January 1, 2016; and going forward on January 1, 2017, and July 1, 2017.

Firefighters currently pay $65 for single health coverage, and $130 for family health coverage per month, the city stated.

In the new contract, the rates will increase to $100 and $200, respectively, on July 1, and to $115 and $230, respectively, on July 1, 2017.

“One of the largest cost drivers facing the city of Syracuse is healthcare for our employees,” Miner stated. “It is important for everyone to recognize our challenging financial situation, and be part of the effort to solve it. This contract demonstrates a collective commitment from the city, and Local 280, to responsibly meet these challenges.”