Unions representing Boise Police and Fire departments have agreed to forgo previously negotiated cost-of-living raises in Fiscal Year 2013, saving the city a total of $1.275 million. The freeze is also expected to maintain staffing at current levels, with no need for layoffs.
"Officers are often called upon to handle difficult situations," Boise Police Local 486 President Guy Bourgeau said. "This agreement is an example of how the collective-bargaining process can work to help get us all through these difficult times."
Other changes to the union agreements included adjustments in how unused sick leave and vacation time are managed by the city.
"I thank (the unions) for their assistance," said Mayor Dave Bieter. "This agreement is a shining example of how city governments and public-safety unions can work together to solve difficult problems."