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LA Fire threatens 'brownout' for new contract

November 14, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Residents could get caught in the middle of a contract dispute involving the L.A. City fire Department.According to the L.A. Daily News, the department is threatening to begin "brownouts" in November unless a new contract with the city is approved.

As part of the brownout plan, 15 fire companies at a time throughout the city would close to save staffing costs.

Union members vote on the proposed contract later in November.

It offers no raises or added benefits.

If the current union leadership is re-elected and the contract is approved, the brownout plan would be withdrawn.