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(July 27, 2018)

Mayor Jean Stothert and the Professional Firefighters Association of Omaha, Local 385, are pleased to announce a tentative five-year extension of the Health Care Trust they originally negotiated in 2015. 

According to the 2015 agreement, the Firefighters Union created the Trust to assume sole responsibility for the management of health care for its covered members and retirees.  The City agreed to advance a loan to the Trust for its startup costs, and to make monthly premium contributions for ongoing medical claims.  Firefighters also make monthly premium contributions to the Trust. That agreement froze the City's premium contributions for four years, from 2015 through the end of 2018.

Recently, the City and the union negotiated a five-year extension to their original health care agreement.  The new agreement defines and limits the City's premium increases from 2019 through 2023, and provides for final repayment terms for the City's startup loan to the Trust.

Specific details of the parties new five year health care agreement will be released after union members and the City Council have been briefed.  Mayor Stothert and Local 385 President Steve LeClair support the tentative agreement.  Both agree their negotiations were collaborative, provide fiscally responsible terms for taxpayers, and long term affordable health care protection for the Firefighters.

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