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Firefighters reach tentative salary deal

Los Angeles County Firefighters work to mitigate flooding on Sunset Boulevard after a water main break.
Los Angeles County Firefighters work to mitigate flooding on Sunset Boulevard after a water main break.
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Los Angeles firefighters will receive no raise in the current fiscal year but will get a two percent salary boost next summer, under a tentative deal reached between their union and the city.

Frank Lima, president of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112, tells the Los Angeles Times the proposed two-year deal would address a decades-old pay disparity that has left firefighters earning less than their counterparts in the Police Department.

The union's 3,000 members must still hold a ratification vote.

In an email sent to firefighters last week, Lima said the proposed contract includes not just a pay hike, but also increases in longevity pay and health and dental subsidies.

The newspaper says the deal provides the first breakthrough for Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council after months of protracted salary talks.