Office of Mayor William Peduto
City of Pittsburgh Reaches Contract Agreement With Firefighters Union

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 6, 2015) Mayor William Peduto’s administration is pleased to announce that it has reached a final contract agreement with International Association of Firefighters Local No. 1.

The agreement is for four years and adheres to the limits set by the city’s 2014 Act 47 Amended Recovery Plan. It includes the Act 47 required first year wage freeze for 2015 followed by raises of 1%, 2% and 2% in each of the three successive years.  In addition, the union agreed to dismiss a previously filed lawsuit against the city and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding the city's Act 47 status.  

The agreement was approved in votes this week by the union’s membership, and was previously approved by the city's Act 47 team.

“I want to thank the firefighters for the work they do every day to keep our city and residents safe, and to their union leadership and the Act 47 team for working with us on a contract that is good both for our workers and for city taxpayers,” Mayor Peduto said.

“This agreement creates a pathway to building a positive working relationship with the Mayor and his administration, which is a win for our residents and our firefighters,” said Ralph Sicuro, president of IAFF Local No. 1. “This agreement maintains safety for the residents and the firefighters and falls within the financial parameters of Act 47.”

The city is also close to reaching a tentative contract agreement with the Fraternal Order of Professional Paramedics Local 1.

The city’s contracts with the firefighters and the paramedics expired at the end of 2014, as did contracts with five other bargaining units: Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1; American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME Local 2719 and 2037), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU Local 192-B and 688). Negotiations are ongoing while the previous contract terms stay in place.



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