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New contract between city and firefighters

After 16 months of negotiations, the Palo Alto City Council unanimously ratified a new contract with city firefighters at last Monday’s council meeting.

The city council and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1319 struggled through tense negotiations and binding-arbitration proceedings over the past year and a half. The groups settled on a three-year contract that would save the city $1.1 million for the current fiscal year and reel in more than $1.4 million annual savings for the future years.