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Ganim, Bridgeport firefighters' union reach contract agreement

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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim (right) and acting Fire Chief Lance Edwards

The City of Bridgeport and its firefighters have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement.

Acting Fire Chief Lance Edwards said the CBA is favorable for both the city and the department.

“I think most people know it's been close to two and a half years, we've been going back and forth with contract negotiations,” Edwards said. “I think most people understand neither side is going to get everything that they want. But I do believe that the package that we have agreed upon, we have a tentative agreement, is fair for both sides, both the city and locally 834.”

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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim said although the CBA took over two years to reach, he believes the agreement will keep new firefighters coming to Bridgeport.

“I'm glad we reached the right result here,” Ganim said. “I think the underlying benefits of it are long term, maybe generational to the department. And I think that's a nice thing to have.”

Ganim specifically referenced the lower health insurance cost that firefighters will pay. He believes the more affordable bracket will help with retention and recruitment.

Edwards said the city will benefit from the absence control policy.

The CBA now needs to be approved by the city council.

Molly is a reporter covering Fairfield County. She also produces Long Story Short, a podcast exploring public policy issues across Connecticut.