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Providence Firefighters’ Raise Could Trigger Millions in Raises for Teachers

Friday, July 03, 2015

 

A clause in the recently agreed upon Providence teachers' contract could trigger millions in additional costs to the city, if the city's firefighters see a significant pay increase in light of Mayor Jorge Elorza's platoon change proposal.     

The new three-year teachers' contract language stipulates that if other municipal unions receive more than a 1% raise during the years of the contract, that teachers would get that same amount -- as a firefighters are being tapped to get as high as a 5% increase, due to potential changes in their work schedules if a platoon change shift moves forward. 

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"What we don't know what the extent of the potential impact, and how to avoid the trigger," said City Council President Luis Aponte on Thursday. "For us it's an issue, as the [teachers] contract has not been ratified by the Council."

Teachers salaries account for over $170 million in spending by the city, with the Internal auditor's latest projections, which were from Fiscal Year 2015 through Fiscal Year 2017, ranging between $172 million and $174 million.

City Council finance chair John Igliozzi, head of the committee where the contract is currently pending, did not respond to request for comment.

Contract Language Clarification Sought

The language of the teacher's contract says that "In the event that the city agrees to any collective bargaining agreement or stipulated interest arbitration to a General Wage Increase for City employees in excess of one percent (1%) for Fiscal Year 2016 then all members of Local 958, including those who have retired in Fiscal Year 2016, shall be entitled to the same wage increases. The parties agree that this provision shall not apply to awards established by an interest arbitration panel and/or arbitration awards for City and School as a result of contested arbitration hearing."

The teachers' contract is still pending before the City Council.

The contract as approved by the teachers -- but pending before the City Council -- calls for 1% increase at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, a 1.75% increase at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year and a 1.5% on the final day of the 2016-17 school year.

Providence firefighters are slated to get a previously negotiated raise of 3% this year, but in light of the proposed platoon change from four to three -- which was opposed by the firefighters and has seen a retirement rate of four times the usual annual amount -- the city has indicated that a pay raise would be on the table. 

"The administration offered 5%, so there's the potential for a lot of money to be at stake," said Aponte.  "We need to figure out what that means.  I've talked with [Internal Auditor Matt Clarkin]."

Providence Teachers Union president Maribeth Calabro, when asked if the clause was put in the contract to put teachers on par with other unions - and whether she expected an increase if the firefighters got one -- said "yes" and "yes."

Negotiations, Next Steps

Aponte noted that the city is currently in negotiations with the municipal employees' union Local 1033, which "could have ramifications" as well.  

"The city has extended its platoon shift plan until August 1, so we'll see what happens," said Aponte.  "The City also has 1033 to work out at this time as well."

Clarkin said on Thursday that he is planning on talking with the Chief Financial Officer of the school department next week.  

"I want to have a general conversation," said Clarkin.  "Just to talk about what this could mean."

Firefighter union president Paul Doughty declined to comment on Thursday. 

 

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Name: Robert Jackson 

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Name: Garrison Roun 

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55.

Name: Jason White 

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54.

Name: Robert Randle 

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53.

Name: Joseph Vingi Jr. 

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52.

Name: Stephen Capracotta 

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51.

Name: Jason Houle 

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Total: $104,802.19

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50.

Name: Kevin Bross 

Job Description: Fire Lieutenant

Total: $105,201.83

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49.

Name: Joseph Dillon 

Job Description: Fire Lieutenant

Total: $105,294.56

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48.

Name: Michael Bates 

Job Description: Fire Captain

Total: $105,308.71

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47.

Name: Peter McMichael 

Job Description: Fire Prevention Captain

Total: $106,310.09

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46.

Name: Daniel Rinaldi 

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45.

Name: Kenneth Prew

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Total: $106,780.96

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44.

Name: James Taylor 

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43.

Name: Joseph Fontaine 

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42.

Name: Scott Shangraw 

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41.

Name: Kenneth Cirelli 

Job Description: Acting Fire Battalion Chief

Total: $109,704.81

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40.

Name: Stephen Houle 

Job Description: Fire Captain

Total: $109,753.32

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39.

Name: Sean Reddy 

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Total: $109,873.05

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38.

Name: Heidi Rivard 

Job Description: Fire Rescue Captain

Total: $111,434.29

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37.

Name: Dennis Tucker 

Job Description: Fire Lieutenant 

Total: $111,456.06

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36.

Name: Vincent Clements 

Job Description: Dispatcher Lieutenant

Total: $111,497.41

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35.

Name: John Healey Jr.  

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Total: $111,715.94

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34.

Name: Kevin Dolan

Job Description: Fire Captain

Total: $112,870.75

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33.

Name: David Plante 

Job Description: Fire Captain 

Total: $113,559.71

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32.

Name: Michael Peck Jr. 

Job Description: Fire Rescue Lieutenant

Total: $113,686.14

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31.

Name: John Hannon

Job Description: Fire Lieutenant 

Total: $113,746.06

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30.

Name: Stephen Siravo 

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Total: $114,029.68

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29.

Name: Kenneth Bager 

Job Description: Fire Lieutenant 

Total: $114,181.03

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28.

Name: Joseph Misto Jr.

Job Description: Dispatcher Lieutenant

Total: $114,469.25

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27.

Name: Dennis Vecchiarino 

Job Description: Fire Captain 

Total: $115,463.24

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26.

Name: Kristopher Wright 

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Total: $115,583.06

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25.

Name: Jeffrey Gallo

Job Description: Acting Fire Battalion Chief

Total: $116,343.31

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24.

Name: Paul Picozzi 

Job Description: Fire Lieutenant 

Total: $117,054.02

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23.

Name: Michael O'Toole 

Job Description: Chief of Operations/Fire Dept

Total: $117,371.94

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22.

Name: Kenneth Rainone 

Job Description: Acting Fire Battalion Chief

Total: $118,216.87

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21.

Name: Paul Doughty

Job Description: Firefighter Car 79

Total: $119,162.01

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20.

Name: Thomas Miller 

Job Description: Fire Rescue Lieutenant

Total: $121,031.48

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19.

Name: Scott Mello 

Job Description: Assistant Fire Chief

Total: $122,100.94

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18.

Name: Kevin Jutras 

Job Description: Fire Captain 

Total: $122,219.25

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17.

Name: Brian Mahoney 

Job Description: Fire Captain 

Total: $122,257.14

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16.

Name: John Devlin Jr. 

Job Description: Fire Lieutenant 

Total: $122,648.91

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15.

Name: Antiliano Estrella

Job Description: Fire Lieutenant 

Total: $123,571.77

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14.

Name: Andrea Stukus 

Job Description: Fire Rescue Lieutenant

Total: $127,048.46

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13.

Name: David Palumbo 

Job Description: Fire Rescue Captain 

Total: $127,059.23

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12.

Name: J.J. Varone 

Job Description: Fire Battalion Chief

Total: $133,385.1

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11.

Name: David Soscia 

Job Description: Acting Deputy Asst. Chief

Total: $134,671

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10.

Name: William Kenyon 

Job Description: Acting Deputy Asst. Chief

Total: $134,914.97

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9.

Name: William Lynch

Job Description: Fire Rescue Captain

Total: $135,550.58

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8.

Name: Christopher Brochu 

Job Description: Fire Rescue Lieutenant 

Total: $137,698.67

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7.

Name: Peter Tagliaferri 

Job Description: Fire Rescue Lieutenant

Total: $138,730.29

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6.

Name: Thomas Cassin 

Job Description: Fire Captain 

Total: $139,499.51

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5.

Name: Joseph Desmarais 

Job Description: Deputy Ass'T Fire Chief

Total: $147,588.93

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4.

Name: James Mirza 

Job Description: Deputy Ass'T Fire Chief

Total: $153,163.4

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3.

Name: Clarence Cunha 

Job Description: Fire Chief 

Total: $154,609.65

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2.

Name: Zachariah Kenyon 

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