Contract will be issue in mayor’s race

Contract will be issue in mayor’s race

By Juan Perez Jr. November 29, 2012 1:33 pm Comments

It’s in the council’s hands now.

A labor deal with the city’s firefighters union, years in the making, passed a key step in the approval process on Thursday.

Tom Mulligan, president of the body, has said the deal likely has the votes needed for approval.

There’s an election next year, though, so Omaha’s mayoral candidates are jumping to weigh in on the deal.

Businessman Dave Nabity and former City Councilman Dan Welch have attacked what they say are overly generous or wasteful provisions in the tentative deal. That puts them at odds with Councilwoman Jean Stothert, who is also running for mayor and helped broker the proposed contract. State Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha, another mayoral candidate, said the city should approve the deal but also revive an independent commission to examine further pension reforms and address separate concerns with firefighter staffing.

Mayor Jim Suttle‘s office said it was still reviewing the overall financial implications of the proposed agreement.

This won’t be the last mention of the fire contract in the context of the mayor’s race.