Police and Fire unions approve new contracts

PROVIDENCE, RI – Members of Police and Firefighters unions have both voted to approve new contract agreements.

The approvals come after intense negotiations with city of Providence.

The new agreement with police passed with a vote of 299 to 120, and saves the city $6-million-dollars in the next fiscal year.

The new agreement with Firefighters passed with a vote of 293-20, and saves the city $5.7 million.

Both unions had to make sacrifices to reach the deal and avoid layoffs. Some of these sacrifices include a six-year-period with no raises for police, and week less of paid vacation for firefighters.

Mayor Angel Taveras says the deals bring peace of mind to the city.

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