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Consolidated firefighters union to vote on contract offer

A total of 33 Nevada County Consolidated Fire District union firefighters will vote starting Sunday on a new contract offer from district management.

The firefighters have until 8 a.m. Saturday, March 29, to cast their ballots, said firefighters union shop steward Patrick Mason.

Mason said he sent out the proposal to the line firefighters on Monday,

“They’ve had it in review,” he said.

Mason declined to provide details of the current proposal. However, he said it would only cover the time period until July 1.

“Even if it’s approved, it just rolls over into another set of negotiations,” Mason said.

Mason said firefighters have been working under an extension to the last contract – also called a memorandum of understanding or MOU – that expired Dec. 31, 2012.

“We’ve been in negotiations for one and half years,” Mason said.

If the firefighters turn down the current offer, the union will revert back to the 2012 contract extension, he said.

“We’re not going to be working without a contract,” he said.

A super majority vote of approval – or two-thirds ‘yes’ votes – is necessary for the new MOU to pass, he said. Voting will take place online, Mason said.

Mason said the extended negotiations were a result of “multiple player changes and multiple re-educations.”

He said the new proposal came after the “re-educations” were completed.

To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email or call 530-477-4239.

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