From The Boston Globe-
A divisive, protracted labor dispute between the City of Boston and its firefighters appears to be headed for resolution Tuesday night, with the two sides having reached a tentative deal over a new contract, according to people involved in the proceedings.
City councilors, who have convened a rare late-night meeting on the agreement, were giddy as they gathered in their chamber at City Hall.
The breakthrough comes after eight hours of closed-door talks between the Menino administration and the firefighters’ union, a last-ditch bargaining session mediated by three members of the City Council.
The unusual arrangement of including councilors at the table came as the City Council prepared to vote on a controversial award from an arbiter that would have granted firefighters five raises over the past four years.
The arbiter’s package included a 2 1/2 percent raise for random drug and alcohol testing, a quid pro quo that sparked outrage.
While the Menino administration and the union were bound to the arbitration award, the City Council is not. Under state law, the council must approve funding for the contract and has the authority to reject the measure.