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Morgantown: Settlement reached with firefighters on differential pay issue

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The City of Morgantown has settled its disagreement with the firefighters union.

According to a news release, the settlement with the Firefighters Local 313 on the differential pay issue will next go before Morgantown City Council for approval. The terms of the settlement were not announced.

The dispute began when changes were made to differential pay policy that resulted in a $2,000 pay reduction for 47 firefighters after more than 30 years of following the same procedure. Morgantown City Manager Kim Haws made the changes on the recommendation of a consultant conducting a salary study.

Since June of 2019, firefighters have been in litigation to correct holiday pay. That lawsuit claims firefighters are only paid 12 hours per holiday shift when they work 24-hour shifts.

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