April 15, 2014
By Stephanie West
Boston, Mass – A labor contract between the city of Boston and its firefighters union, Local 718, has been concluded. This negotiated settlement is the first time since 2001 that the two sides have struck a deal without arbitration. The union is expected to present the details to its members this week. Passage of the contract by members of Local 718 is expected shortly.
The announcement was made at a press conference Saturday April 12th by Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston Firefighters Local 718 President Richard Paris. Few details were mentioned at that event. President Paris wanted his members to review details of the contract before releasing additional information to the media.
Boston Mayor Walsh mentioned that the negotiated settlement was a compromise that both parties felt was a fair arrangement. He said that the contract was good for the city as well as rank and file members of the union. Paris added that the deal was bargained in good faith.