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City, firefighters reach deal

The City of Evanston and the firefighters union local announced today that they’ve reached agreement on all outstanding contract issues.

In a joint statement, the parties said the union will recommend that its members ratify the settlement in voting Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 and the city staff will present the agreement to the City Council for a vote on Sept. 13.

The City of Evanston and the firefighters union local announced today that they’ve reached agreement on all outstanding contract issues.

In a joint statement, the parties said the union will recommend that its members ratify the settlement in voting Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 and the city staff will present the agreement to the City Council for a vote on Sept. 13.

The union and city negotiators declined to discuss details of the agreement except to say that the union made economic concessions "in recognition of the city’s difficult economic circumstances" and that the city agreed to reinstate three firefighters laid-off on Jully 31.

The new two-year agreement also calls for the union to meet with the fire chief in search of "good faith efforts to conserve future costs" while maintaining proper fire/rescue emergency response for the city.

The union had previously called for arbitration over its demand that the city give it control over fire staffing levels, and each side had filed unfair labor practice charges against the other.

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