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Can Boston Afford A 19% Raise For Firefighters?27:20

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A contract proposal by an independent arbitrator would give Boston firefighters a 19-percent raise in exchange for agreeing to regular drug testing.  We examine whether the city can afford the deal.


  • Ed Kelly, head of the Boston firefighters union
  • Sam Tyler of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau
  • City Councilor John Tobin, who plans to vote to ratify the contract

This program aired on May 13, 2010.

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