The city of Lexington has ratified a three-year contract with local firefighters. The agreement reached with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 526 includes a two-year wage freeze and a two-year reduction in vacation and holiday leave time. For the first year of the contract, the union agreed to reduce city health insurance costs by $100 per firefighter per month.
Officials estimate the new contract will result in $4.7 million in savings. Mayor Jim Gray says the concessions mean Lexington will not have to lay-off anyone within the Division of Fire.
Collective bargaining talks are ongoing for police and community corrections.