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Firefighters and Lake Charles city officials have reached an agreement

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It is a pay raise that has been in talks for quite some time, but after the most recent meeting, firefighters and the city of Lake Charles said they have found a plan that works.

"We just wanted to make sure that we addressed all of the issues, and to make sure that everyone was on the same page. We found the proposed change to be very reasonable. There was no extra cost to the city," said Lake Charles city administrator John Cordone.  

"We went over some of the same issues we have been addressing in previous meetings. We brought forward a counter offer to the city's last offer, with our proposed change," said Will Veuleman with the firefighter's union.

And, while neither side was willing to be specific about any changes, they did say it had to do with sick leave for firefighters.

"It was very reasonable. I think it is fair for all of the employees within the fire department. I think we will have a contract come Wednesday," said John Cordone.

With all of the meetings that have been held, both sides seem to have reached an agreement. But, the final decision will be made by the Lake Charles city council on Wednesday.

"I believe it was well accepted by the administration. Hopefully the city council will feel the same," said Will Veuleman. 

If the city council passes the amendment to the proposed contract, it will finally extinguish the tension between the city and the people who help protect it.

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