Firefighter arbitration award largely planned for: city

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CORNWALL – The city said it will be able to largely absorb a board of arbitration award for Cornwall’s firefighters.

The judgment released last week gives the 59 members of the Cornwall Professional Firefighters Association raises of 2.5 per cent per year for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The award translates into increased salary and pension costs of approximately $300,000 per year for each of 2013, 2014 and 2015, and those amounts were previously forecasted and had already been included in those respective budgets,” the city said in a news release Thursday.

The affect on the 2016 city budget will be $40,000.

While relieved about the pre-planning, Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy said the city continues to have “serious concerns” with the arbitration process and, what appears to be, the lack of consideration with the city’s ability to pay.

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