Chula Vista firefighters have agreed to wage concessions as part of a new deal, according to city officials.
The agreement is a major step forward in cutting costs for the South Bay city, which is struggling with a multimillion dollar budget deficit.
The labor union representing 124 Chula Vista firefighters agreed to pay the entire employee share of their retirement plan, Chula Vista officials said. The contributions from the firefighters will save the city more than $900,000 a year, according to authorities.
The city has now reached pension reform deals with four of the five municipal employee labor unions. When all of the deals go into effect -- the contributions are expected to generate approximately $4.3 million in annual taxpayer savings, according to the city.
Officials also said it will save nearly 40 positions that were expected to be eliminated.
Talks with the Chula Vista Police Officers Association continue; according to the city, the POA has been given three proposals by city management, but the two sides have yet to reach an agreement.