Union President: Newark Firefighters Underpaid, Overworked And Leaving

NEWARK − The union members of the Newark Fire Department agreed to a three-year contract with 4% annual wage increases, but the union president said the agreement does not address many issues in the department.

Kevin Garwick, president of International Association of Firefighters Local 109, said the department is one of the lowest paid in central Ohio, making it difficult to hire and retain firefighters. The department is underfunded and understaffed, he said, with members forced to work overtime to cover shifts.

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