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January 12, 2014

Fire union and city looking to talk

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — At present, there are four platoons and two work each day, one for 14 hours and the other for 10 hours.

While at first the schedule change wasn’t something the union wanted, Pratt said it was time the change happened. It would reduce overtime substantially, possibly $225,000 to $250,000 a year in savings, Pratt said. 

Under the four-platoon system, if too many are on vacation or otherwise absent, firemen from other platoons are called in to reach the nine-man minimum. The fill-ins are paid time-and-a-half for the entire shift.

As a result of the city’s fiscal difficulties, and corresponding 2014 budget, seven firefighters were laid off. The number was originally eight but a firefighter retired and that position was not filled.

LFD is down to 38 firefighters, but the drop should not affect the minimum staffing requirements of nine firefighters per shift, Tucker said last week.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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