Kansas City firefighters are getting a hefty pay increase

The Great Recession is ending for members of Local 42 of the International Association of Fire Fighters. The City Council of Kansas City, Missouri, yesterday approved a deal that will raise firefighters’ salaries by an average of 4.2 percent.

A pretty tasty deal in tough economic times, no? Members of the council say their hands are tied by a previous agreement with the firefighters. That agreement, it should be noted, was reached in 2009, which is not exactly ancient history.

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