New, Fair Contract for Chicago Firefighters and Paramedics

A 47-0 vote in City Council today approves a new contract for Chicago paramedics and firefighters.

The contract took months to negotiate, but Chicago Firefighters Local Two and City Hall finally reached an agreement. The contract equally benefits Chicago taxpayers and firefighters.

“I think this agreement is fair and respectful of the unique role that firefighters and paramedics serve within any large city,” said Local Two President Tom Ryan.

Although a new contract for paramedics and firefighters has been drawn, a separate law is being changed.  The Illinois General Assembly passed a state law that Chicago can no longer ignore payments to its pensions. The pension totals must reach 90 percent within the next 30 years.

The City Council also passed a resolution commending Truck 29 for its rescue of six people from a burning building on Christmas Eve.

Chicago Firefighters Local Two is the second oldest firefighters and paramedic union in the nation with about 5,000 members. The union provides non-emergency fire prevention educational services to hundreds of Chicago schools and community centers, and annually raises several hundred thousand dollars for various nonprofit causes.