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Detroit Firefighters Gearing Up To Vote On Contract Proposal

DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit firefighter’s union is expected to vote soon on a new contract proposal that was agreed upon last week.

The tenative agreement with the city of Detroit would attempt to cut the city’s growing budget deficit while also trying to avoid the appointment of a state emergency manager. Tenative concessions have already been reached with police unions and a coalition of unions representing Detroit’s non-uniformed employees.

As the vote for the approval draws near, Detroit City Councilman James Tate said he has received mixed reactions from the union membership. He said that many members support the proposal because they fear of the consequences if it’s turned down.

“Some are pleased thus far, because they understand the ramifications of these negotiations falling apart,” Tate said.

On the other hand, Tate said that other members are not satisfied with the concessionary package. “I’ve heard from some who are completely against it as well.”

Details of the contract proposal have not been made public.

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