NY firefighters to work a shift for free

January 14, 2009 3:40:50 PM PST
Some firefighters in suburban New York City have agreed to work a shift without pay to help save money and restore the positions of colleagues who were fired or demoted. Their union approved the plan as part of a deal to save $450,000 and restore the jobs or ranks of 12 fire department members in Yonkers, about 15 miles northeast of midtown Manhattan. The 12 were laid off or demoted because of budget cuts.

Yonkers City Hall says it's dealing with a $16 million deficit.

The president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 268 says the plan was approved by a 157-45 vote.

Fire department officers also would have to approve the agreement. The officers are voting Wednesday.

The free shift would be worked within the next few months.

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