Providence City Council approves IAFF Local 799 contract
JOINT STATEMENT FROM MAYOR JORGE ELORZA AND CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT LUIS APONTE RE: IAFF LOCAL 799 CONTRACT
Tonight (Thursday night), the Providence City Council voted to approve a contract between the City of Providence and IAFF Local 799.
"I'm pleased that the council voted to approve this contract that sets Providence on a long-term sustainable path," said Mayor Jorge Elorza. "This contract not only creates ongoing structural savings, it also supports a more sustainable department for our firefighters and our residents. I am grateful to the City Council, Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré, Chief Justice Frank Williams, City Solicitor Jeffrey Dana and Union President Paul Doughty for all of their hard work which resulted in this cost saving and responsible contract for the City."
This agreement will return Providence Fire Fighters to a 4 platoon schedule with a reduced minimum manning of 88 fire fighters/shift (previously 94/shift). Recent reports have shown this reduction meets or exceeds best practices in comparable cities throughout the region. The proposed contract will result in significant savings over the next 5 years, in addition to substantial savings to be realized in healthcare and dental costs.
"It has been a challenging process, but this contract is an important first step toward stabilizing the fire department so it is better equipped to meet the growing demands of public safety,” said Council President Luis Aponte.
This was the first and only vote needed for passage.
(release from City of Providence)