Neb. to reduce medic class to prevent layoff of 19 firefighters
The new offer guarantees no layoffs in 2014 and 2015; the department will reduce the size of the paramedic class to nine in 2014
OMAHA, Neb. — The city of Omaha made a new offer Friday morning to the OFD union regarding the plan to trim expenses which would prevent the layoff of 19 firefighters in January.
"That offer has been replaced by a subsequent offer that at this point and time has no deadline to it, but it also came in about 9:20 this morning so as a board, as a group, we have not had the opportunity to discuss that," said OFD union president Steve LeClair during a news conference. LeClair said they would look over the offer later on Friday and a meeting with the city negotiating team would take place in the near future. He later released the following statement:
"News reports that the city has accepted the counter offer made by the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association's are false. An agreement has not been finalized. As I stated during our news conference this morning, we received a new offer from Mayor Stothert with additional conditions and we are considering it. We will continue to negotiate in good faith with public safety remaining our top priority."
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