Los Angeles Officials Reach Tentative Salary Deal With Firefighters

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Frank Lima, president of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112, said the proposed two-year deal would address a decades old pay disparity. (Credit: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles officials have reached a tentative salary agreement with the city’s firefighters’ union that provides no raises in the current fiscal year and a 2% boost next summer.

Frank Lima, president of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112, said the proposed two-year deal would address a decades-old pay disparity that has left firefighters earning 2% less than their counterparts in the Police Department.

“We’ve been 2% behind the LAPD in our base pay for too long now,” Lima said. “We realize the city’s in financial difficulty and the firefighters have absolutely done our part to help with the city’s structural deficit. But we feel this tentative agreement honors our work and is fair.”

The union still must hold a ratification vote for its 3,000 members. In an email sent to firefighters last week, Lima said the proposed contract includes not just a pay hike, but also increases in longevity pay and health and dental subsidies. Lima would not discuss any of those details with The Times.

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