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Colorado Springs firefighters ask city council for collective bargaining

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Dozens of Colorado Springs firefighters made a passionate plea before city council Tuesday with the hope of improving their working conditions.

The Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Association, which is the union representing the city's firefighters, detailed it's desire for the ability to collectively bargain contracts with the city. The union is asking council to consider an agenda item that would place the measure on the ballot next April.

Firefighters said Colorado Springs is severely lacking in the number of firefighters and fire stations in relation to the city's population and geographic size. They tell News 5 this agreement would make public safety a top priority in the city.

"Market surveys will actually determine and show our folks, because of the fact of the lack of compensation being a priority, we're closer to 10 percent behind market than we are actually at market," said David Noblitt, president of the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Association. "So, we're well behind the percentage point of where our employees should be."

For context, Springs firefighters worked 11,000 hours of mandatory overtime last year, which the union said is indicative of the need for more manpower.

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