Northampton Firefighters Reach Contract Agreement, Pending City Council Approval

Northampton, Massachusetts, and its firefighters have reached an agreement on a new contract. But there’s no guarantee this lengthy labor dispute will be coming to an end.  

Northampton’s firefighters have been working without a contract for the last three years.This deal not only covers back pay for that timeframe, but extends through 2016. It is about 90-thousand-dollars less than what an arbitration panel awarded firefighters, though the city council rejected that last month because of the cost.   Northampton Mayor David Narkiewicz says he consulted councilors before starting negotiations again…

“…to get a sense of the council as to what type of contract, what type of funding level might be more supported,” Narkiewicz says.

The firefighters’ union has already ratified this agreement. Scott Flynn is the union president.
“We just hope that the council recognizes the concessions that we have made, the fact that we have become, or stayed or remained team players and that we all want to move forward,” Flynn says.
City Council President Bill Dwight says he’s optimistic the council will approve the contract, but notes it must get 6 of 9 votes to pass. The Northampton City Council meets Thursday Night at 7.