City, Firefighters Approaching Deal

by Gabe Bullard on October 7, 2009

A tentative deal has been struck between Louisville Metro Government and hundreds of firefighters who say they were underpaid millions of dollars in back overtime.

The agreement was reached in mediation Monday between Metro officials and attorneys representing nearly 800 firefighters who say they are owed money for years of miscalculated overtime. Neither side will reveal any details of the agreement, but Mayor Jerry Abramson says he’s optimistic the issue will be resolved soon.

A settlement could cost the cash-strapped city more than 27 million dollars. Abramson says he hasn’t decided where they money will come from, though tapping the nearly 60 million dollar rainy day fund is an option.
“I’m really not in a position to set forth how it will be resolved,” he says. “But I can assure you that the resolution that is pending now before the firefighters will be handled in a financially responsible way by the city.”

The agreement will be presented to firefighters next week. A group of 135 firefighters split off from the original group and is not part of the deal. They are seeking a resolution over money that they say should’ve been paid into pensions

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