The City of Omaha and the Omaha Professional Firefighters Association Local 385 have reached a tentative agreement that will allow the fire department to reach its 2014 approved budget without layoffs.
In a statement from Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s office the agreement reduced the size and number of future paramedic training classes. Class size and schedules were both reduced. The statement also says reducing class size means more firefighters remain on duty reducing overtime pay each day. This amounts to about $4-million. The Omaha Fire Department budget for 2014 totals $90.6-million.
Omaha also agreed not to layoff any firefighters who were employed as of February 4, 2013. This includes 19 firefighters that received layoff notices earlier this month. The layoff protection will expire when a new labor agreement is reached in 2015 or a new agreement is determined by the Commission of Industrial Relations.