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Firefighters contract talks hit impasse; mediation is next


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Negotiations between city officials and the local firefighters union broke down Tuesday night, forcing them into mediation. The firefighters follow Havre police, who came to loggerheads with the city July 30.

The firefighters Tuesday rejected the city's latest offer, which was smaller than its previous proposal.

The city offered the firefighters a 3 percent raise for the 2002-03 year. The city on July 23 had offered a three-year contract with 4 percent the first year, 3 percent the second and 2 percent the last. The union had proposed no pay raise for the first half of the contract's first...

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