Local 718 reports firefighters on Ladder 26 had to call police tonight when some guy stole a firefighter's helmet out the truck while it was at Fenwood Road and Huntington Avenue. Police quickly responded and nabbed the helmet thief, returning the helmet to the firefighters so they could get back to their station down Huntington Avenue.... Read more
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The Boston Fire Department reports it's just signed a contract for a wicked fast new fireboat. The $4.2-million aluminum John S. Damrell (named after the fire department's chief engineer during the Great Fire of 1872) will be able to pump 12,000 gallons of water per minute - when it's not racing... Read more
NorthEndWaterfront.com pecks out the story (and posts the exclusive photo) of an ungrateful seagull trapped in a harbor piling that rewarded his rescuer with a bite that drew blood - sending the unlucky firefighter to the ER for a tetanus shot.
Mike Durant rounds up the coverage of the contract signed late Tuesday.
Chuck Turner interrupted a lovefest among other councilors, firefighters and the mayor's office this afternoon: As much as he admired the work firefighters and the administration did to finally come up with a contract, he could not vote for it without a guarantee councilors would press the mayor to stop the planned layoffs of hundreds of other city workers.
"You can bake cats, but that... Read more
The Globe reports on a breakthrough following eight hours of negotiations involving three city councilors as mediators. The Globe's Donovan Slack tweets the deal calls for a 1.5% drug-testing pay raise (an arbitration panel had awarded 2.5%) that will only apply to current firefighters.
The City Council, which has... Read more
They called a meeting at 10:30 p.m. tonight. No immediate word on what could fire them up like that. One presumes it's one of those "emergency" meetings to get around the 48-hour notice otherwise required under the state open-meeting law.
The City Council met briefly this morning to urge Tom Menino and Firefighters Local 718 to get a room and hammer out a contract that's fair to both firefighters and taxpayers.
After councilors Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) and John Connolly (at large) moved to hold off discussions until after the city and the firefighters met, Council President Mike Ross proposed a meeting room in City Hall... Read more
UPDATE: Administration to City Council: Just say no to firefighters; that would create a tidal wave of other unions demanding similar drug-testing deals. City council to administration: With all due respect, you suck. Councilor Ayanna Pressley: "There's some sort of conflicting shell game going on here."
Local firefighters union President Ed Kelly this morning offered to freeze for one year a 2.5% raise awarded by... Read more
After six hours or so of testimony and debate, the City Council adjourned tonight a without voting on the proposed contract for firefighters. The council will reconvene tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. to continue testimony, but council President Mike Ross ended the session by saying councilors will vote on the matter "at a later date" (they have until mid-July to approve or deny the contract).... Read more
The fun starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2 in the council chambers on the fifth floor of City Hall. According to Council President Mike Ross, the council will not actually vote on the arbitration panel's proposed settlement until another meeting, as yet unscheduled.
City Council President Mike Ross, joined by councilors Mark Ciommo, Charles Yancey and Chuck Turner, said today they were prepared to vote against a proposed firefighters contract unless firefighters make significant concessions.
Ross said that while it's unfair firefighters have gone four years without a contract, he's not prepared to give firefighters a larger increase than other municipal employees have gotten just "to come... Read more
UPDATE: Mike Ross tweets the council WILL discuss the issue, along with an analysis of the award by an MIT managment professor brought in by the council, at today's meeting. Starts at noon in City Hall. No vote, however.
City Council President Mike Ross reports Thomas Kochan, a professor of work and employee relations at MIT's Sloan School of Management to review the 19% retroactive pay increase an arbitration panel recently agreed to give firefighters.
In a letter to Mayor Menino, Ross writes Kochan has already found "a number of differences in the estimates and methodologies used to arrive at them."
The... Read more
Rick Nohl was on scene when Marines used one of their vehicles to pull Engine 37 out of the mud at Moakley Park on Saturday.
We'll find out Wednesday, when the council considers a 19% retroactive raise for Boston firefighters awarded by an arbitration panel - the council has the power to reject the award.
The Globe reports the arbitration panel concluded firefighters deserved an extra $2,000 a year in exchange for proving they're not coked up, in addition to a base pay increase equal to that given... Read more
This just in from at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley:
My City Council colleagues and I will certainly take a hard look at this ruling and its impact on the city's finances. I echo what Council President Ross has said - the fire department needs to be partners in the effort to maintain the city's financial stability, both in the short term and in the years... Read more