Niagara Gazette

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February 11, 2014

Lockport mayor's state of city features protesters

LOCKPORT: Firefighters from Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda and Buffalo on hand.

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The city is spending as much in overtime as it would have if the seven firefighters were still on the job, Pratt charged.

“If the firemen want to negotiate a different minimum manning structure where we don’t work on overtime every platoon, we’re certainly open to that," Tucker said. "But we can’t change that number without negotiations.”

Pratt also claimed the Common Council directed the city’s negotiator to make a deal with the firefighters, but Tucker blocked it. That wasn't true, Tucker said.

"We had some proposal on the table. We liked it, we thought they liked it, too. They turned it down," he said.

While some changes were agreed to, the union hasn't received anything formal and on paper from the city, Pratt said.

Beside firefighters, four city departments lost positions in Lockport's 2014 budget. A building inspector, a streets laborer, an account clerk in the City Clerk’s Office and a Youth and Recreation Department assistant were all cut from the spending plan.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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