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Listen: Budget Stretched Thin As City Council Weighs Firefighters’ Contract

BOSTON — Boston City Council meets Wednesday, but the most pressing issue facing councilors is not on the agenda.

Last week, an independent arbitrator decided that city firefighters should receive a 19 percent raise over four years. The council won’t take up the raise for at least another week because Mayor Thomas M. Menino has yet to throw the issue to the council. While Menino says the city can’t afford the decision, he is legally bound to support the ruling. City Council, however, can vote it down.

City Council President Michael Ross joined WBUR Wednesday morning to talk about the politics surrounding the issue and how councilors plan to handle it.

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  • wright gregson

    i am disgusted with the firefighters resisting random drug testing!!! and i am even more disgusted that they should get an unconscienable 19% pay raise in exchange for accepting drug testing.isnt there some way for the public to express their outrage???
    when i was driving a tourist trolley, my income was also tied to random drug testing–if i refused a drug test, i would have lost my job!!!!

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