- Associated Press - Saturday, April 12, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - The city of Boston has reached a tentative labor contract with its firefighters union, marking the first time since 2001 that the two sides have struck a deal without arbitration.

Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston Firefighters Local 718 President Richard Paris announced the deal Saturday. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

The union is expected to present the deal to its members next week. Firefighters are expected to vote on it in about 10 days.

The two sides launched formal negotiations after Walsh succeeded Mayor Thomas Menino in January.

Walsh is a former labor union leader whose election benefited from help from labor organizations.

Walsh described the deal as a compromise that serves the interests of Boston’s firefighters and taxpayers.

Paris says the deal was bargained in good faith.

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