LC Firefighters Union passes counter offer contract

By Charlie Bartlett - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - After more than a year of failed negotiations, the fire fighters union approved the latest amended proposal for higher pay.

"It's always money, we're always trying to get more and the city is trying to save money, that's the nature of the beast," said Will Veulman.

Firefighter Union 561 President Will Veulman was not at liberty to say by how much the vote passed. The contract approved tonight which included several changes by union officials but they say those changes won't cost the city anything. Veulman says they believe the city will recommend the council to approve it and is encouraged by tonight's vote.

"The guys were better informed on some of the issues that were addressed last time that it failed and we also were able to address one of these issues within the contract. That is cost neutral to the city that I believe will accept and probably sway a few votes to pass this and put it through, "said Veulman.

7 News also talked to Lake Charles City Administrator John Cardone. He says everyone is pleased the union was able to pass it and says they're scheduled to meet with union negotiators to talk about what was approved before making any kind of recommendation to the Lake Charles City Council.

The council has the final say and they're expected to take final action at their regular meeting this Wednesday.

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