City, firefighter contract awaiting approval

Published 7:25 am Friday, October 2, 2009

A new contract between the City of Austin and local firefighters is complete and awaiting full city council approval, representatives on both sides confirmed Thursday.

Troy Tigner, president of the Austin affiliate of the International Association of Fire Fighters, said the union had ratified a deal, and city administrator Jim Hurm said the city’s negotiating team would “recommend” to council that they officially approve the contract.

If approved, the contract would be the first in place between the two sides since the end of 2007 and would end a prolonged negotiation.

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“(I’m) just happy to have it done,” Tigner said. “It’s been a long time.”

Tigner did not discuss details of the union-ratified contract, saying he wanted to wait until after Monday’s city council meeting.

At that meeting, the council is expected to discuss the deal behind closed doors at 4:30 p.m., Hurm said, before possibly bringing it to the regularly scheduled public council meeting at 5:30 for approval.

“We are hopeful that the city council ratifies it,” Hurm said of those involved in negotiations.