Arlington, VA Signs First Contract With Fire And EMS Union Since 1975

The first collective bargaining agreement to be reached in 48 yearsbetween Arlington County and more than 300 firefighters and paramedics transitions those employees to a new pay-scale system that rewards seniority, a union leader said Tuesday.

The agreement was the first to be negotiated through collective bargaining since 1975 between firefighters and Arlington County, according to Brian Lynch, president of the Arlington Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association, Local 2800 of the International Association of Fire Fighters. For decades, Virginia banned collective bargaining between local governments and workers. The Democratic-led General Assembly repealed that ban in 2020.

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