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November 21, 2012

Our view: Good deal struck on sick leave buyback

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That’s why the deal between the city and the firefighters union gives us hope. There’s something for both sides.

Under the agreement with the firefighters union, new firefighters will not get sick leave buyback when they retire, and new hires who use less than half of their annual sick time can get paid up to two days a year at a capped rate. The arrangement lets the city make smaller annual and end-of-service payments.

“This will provide substantial savings and enable us to reduce these very expensive costs,” Mayor Kim Driscoll said last week.

Salem Firefighters Union President Richard Thomas called the deal “a good compromise.”

“We think it’s a fair deal for our members and the city with the economic climate out there,” Thomas told reporter Tom Dalton.

We agree. It’s an agreement that should satisfy the union, the city and, most importantly, the taxpayers.

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