PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The firefighters’ union in Maine’s largest city is protesting several layoffs and wants the jobs restored.

WCSH-TV said Local 740 members staged a rally Wednesday at Portland City Hall to draw attention to six layoffs resulting from the elimination of nine positions. Those jobs were cut when the union fought to keep 2.5 percent cost of living increases in their current contract. Over the past two years, the fire department’s lost 23 positions.

The president of the International Association of Firefighters says there may be a solution. Harold Schaitberger says a Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to reinstate laid-off firefighters and fill empty positions could become available.


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