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Sun Dec 16, 2012, 07:02 AM

Omaha Firefighters to pay more for health care costs


By Matt Wynn and Juan Perez Jr.

Six years. Numerous, expensive court battles. A historic transfer of power from the Omaha Mayor's Office to the City Council.

Omaha is finally poised to approve a new labor deal with its firefighters.

The city's been here before. Last summer, Mayor Jim Suttle unveiled a union contract that his team had worked on for years. Then the council concluded it was too lenient, rejected it and ultimately voted to take negotiating power away from the Mayor's Office.

Now Councilwoman Jean Stothert, who heads the council's negotiation committee and who wants Suttle's job says a majority of the council is ready to pass her team's deal when a vote is taken Tuesday.

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