Virginia Firefighters, Medics Press City For Union Rights

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Firefighters and emergency workers are again attempting to secure collective bargaining power for city employee organizations to negotiate for better wages, safety measures and working conditions.

The International Firefighters Association Local 539, founded in 1937 and made up of nearly 200 full-time Portsmouth firefighters and paramedics, sent authorization cards to the city last week, displaying support from about 90% of its members, according to union president Lt. Kurt Detrick.

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