Providence, city firefighters, reach tentative contract deal

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence Firefighters Union and the city have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract that includes 4% annual pay raises, but also increases union members pension and medical contributions.

The deal announced Tuesday, that runs from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2027, has yet to be ratified by about 400 union members, and union leadership expects a vote later this month.

Both union leadership and Mayor Jorge Elorza praised the agreement.

The agreement would increase the firefighters’ pension contributions to 16% of their gross pay by 2026.