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Union firefighters to receive $1.7 million in back pay

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Officials say union firefighters in Charleston will receive $1.7 million in back pay for being incorrectly compensated for holiday work since 2012.

Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin on Monday said the settlement with firefighters Local 317 comes after a conflict between state and city law that caused incorrect payments.

The mayor says the settlement took months to figure out.

Union leaders praised the deal.

The city council must still approve the settlement at their next set meeting on Jan. 21, with the payments scheduled to go out by the end of the month.

A long-term fix for the discrepancy is expected to come up for a full vote on Feb. 3rd.

Bailey Pace

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