In the story, Sipe said the union had agreed to forgo raises for city firefighters this year and roll over last year’s contract if a "me too” clause was included.
The "me too” clause would guarantee raises for firefighters if the city gives other employees raises, which officials do not plan to do this year.
But council members have never received such an offer. Offers the union submitted with the "me too” clause included additional benefits requests that city officials contend would cost millions.
"At no time have I been aware of proposals submitted to the City by the IAFF that included only the rollover with the ‘me too’ clause,” Couch wrote in the letter.
Couch continued: "Nonetheless, I am authorized by the City Council to accept the IAFF offer to roll over the contract with the ‘me too’ clause for fiscal year 2009-2010. Please advise when you are available to sign a tentative agreement.”
Sipe said he is not planning to bring a new offer to the meeting, but hopes it will be productive.
"It is our desire to continue to try to communicate with the city,” Sipe said.
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