Tulsa firefighters approve contract
BY KENDRICK MARSHALL World Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tulsa firefighters overwhelmingly approved a new contract Wednesday that calls for 3 percent raises retroactive to July 1.
Firefighters voted 401-63 to move forward with a contract that includes 3 percent monthly stipends for firefighters with emergency medical technician or first responder certification, as opposed to a flat rate, officials said.
The union had previously maintained that it had been unable to come to an agreement during bargaining sessions with the city and at one point expected to go to arbitration.
However, union officials and the city reached a tentative agreement on the contract Monday to avoided arbitration.
Tulsa Firefighters Local 176 President Chad Miller said he was pleased with the outcome of the vote.
“We think the contract is fair for the city and the firefighters union,” Miller said.