WOONSOCKET â€“ Members of the International Association of Firefighters Local 732 voted Friday to ratify a collective bargaining agreement with the city.
After multiple rounds of negotiations with the IAFF that date back to the winter, members of the Budget Commission voted 4-1 last Wednesday in favor of the latest version of a proposed five-year deal on wages and benefits with the union.
On Friday, the firefighters union gathered at the main fire station on Cumberland Street and voted to ratify the agreement by a vote of 51 to 23, according to Lt. Daryl Paux of the Woonsocket Fire Department, the union president.
â€śI canâ€™t really comment on the agreement because it hasnâ€™t been signed and the details are being finalized,â€ť he said.
Last week, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt called the contract talks â€śtime-consuming and arduous,â€ť but that the finalized agreement achieves the benchmark of $1.3 million in annual savings called for by the commissionâ€™s five-year solvency plan.