City, Firefighters Face Off Over Staffing

October 14, 2010  |  

(NYT) — The city has fired the first salvo in a battle with the firefighters’ union over reducing staffing and controlling medical leave.  In a letter Tuesday to the Uniformed Firefighters Association, the city said it planned to let lapse a deal that allows 60 engine companies to staff each shift with an extra firefighter, as long as the average number of firefighters taking medical leave doesn’t exceed a specified level.

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