Firefighter’s Contract

R-20-088
APPROVING THE COST ITEMS OF A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY OF NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE AND LOCAL #789, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS FROM JULY 1, 2019 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2023 AND AUTHORIZING A RELATED TRANSFER”


The BOA’s Budget Committee passed this resolution with a favorable recommendation to the full board for consideration at our meeting on Tuesday 11/24/20.
As I said last night I am pleased that both the Mayor and our CFO have done a thorough job looking forward to what we can expect from the State Legislature these next two years. We are right to be cautious, the Republican Legislature and Governor have already signaled a crushing budget, downshifting responsibilities and costs to cities and towns to figure their own way to manage and distribute the pain.

But we know the value of these men and women to our city, we know their contract was fair. One Alderman was sure that we compensate at a much higher rate than any other city nearby, but only looked at the surface, not at their full contracts, and that other cities don’t respect the work of their employees is absolutely no reason for us to undervalue ours.

Well-trained, professional, serious, willing to perform in the worst conditions, and always at their peak – we are honored by their service and need to ensure they are fairly compensated for their value to Nashua.

I voted for their contract and will hope that the rest of the BOA see their way to do the same tonight.

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