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The City of Manhattan Beach and the Manhattan Beach Firefighters Association came to a new contract agreement which was approved by City Council Tuesday night. The firefighters had been working without a contract since Dec. 31, 2018. The contract is “status quo” in that it does not include any salary or benefit changes, but it does clear up a technical retirement benefit matter known as the DiCarlo clause.
In a statement, MBFA expressed weariness regarding the negotiations and hopefulness that upcoming negotiations will prove better. The new contract period ends June 30.
“The negotiations were unlike any we have ever experienced,” the MBFA statement said. “They were protracted and contentious resulting in MBFA members working without a contract for over a year. While the contract is concessionary to the MBFA, it does resolve DiCarlo (a mutually agreed upon previous hybrid benefit) and hopefully sets the parties on the right path for improved negotiations next go-round.”
City Manager Bruce Moe was out of the office this week and thus unable to comment.