Albuquerque firefighters, mayor reach pay agreement

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – After a four year standoff between Albuquerque firefighters and the mayor, an agreement was reached Monday that will increase firefighter’s pay.

Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Berry signed a one year contract with the Firefighters Union which restores pay that was cut when Berry took office and trimmed the budget.

The agreement was created by city councilors and overwhelmingly approved by union members.

It will give a 2 .5 percent increase across the board and an additional 2 percent increase for drivers and lieutenants.

“I most importantly want to thank the taxpayers of this community because the economy is slightly improving, the gross receipts taxes over the past few months, with exception of December was up and anytime we have additional revenues want to look after men and woman that work for this great city,” said City Council President Ken Sanchez.

The Firefighters Union is still suing the City of Albuquerque for the pay cuts made four years ago saying the city violated their contract. Monday’s agreement will not affect that lawsuit.

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