HOUSTON --The Houston firefighters union voted Saturday to approve a contract proposal from the city of Houston, according to a press release issued by the Houston Professional Firefighters Association. By a vote of 1,560 to 1,391, union members approved a three-year deal, which calls for a two-year pay freeze and one percent raise in the third year of the contract. In exchange, the city agreed not to lay off any firefighters.
The deal was tentatively agreed to back in May. The city and the firefighters union negotiated to try to save the jobs of more than 200 firefighters who were in danger of being laid off because of the city's budget crunch.