Hoquiam Union approves agreement that avoids Fire Department layoffs

Ratified last night by a unanimous vote, the Hoquiam Fire Department’s Union has reached an agreement with the city to avoid the layoff of four firefighters announced last month. In the final week of their employment, two firefighters and two paramedics were notified that they are keeping their positions.
Union Local 315 President Doug Stankavich said the agreement was ratified by unanimous vote at a meeting of the union last night.
City Administrator Brian Shay said that they still have a great deal of work ahead to collectively address the city’s serious budget problem.