A Pay Raise Might Not Be Enough To Fix Bangor’s Firefighter Shortage

BANGOR, ME — The Bangor firefighter union signed a new agreement with the city that will slightly raise wages for the department, but first responders worry the boost won’t be enough to retain firefighters.

The new “bridge” agreement, which passed by a 47-21 vote on Saturday, will give firefighters a five percent pay raise. It’s designed to hold the department over until the union begins negotiations for its new contract with the city in April 2024.

“I don’t think it’s going to work at all because it’s not moving the mark up enough,” said Jared Willey, a Bangor firefighter and president of Local 772 of the International Association of Firefighters.

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