San Jose firefighters strike a deal with city officials

San Jose firefighters

March 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
San Jose's firefighters' union and the city worked out the final details of a deal to reduce the need for another round of layoffs.

After months of wrangling over budget cuts, the firefighters union agreed to 10-percent reductions in both pay and benefits as well as other concessions. Thursday afternoon, the city accepted the offer.

Last year, the city laid off 49 firefighters, after the union declined to make concessions.

The agreement is expected to save the city about $30 million over two years, once it's formally approved by both sides.