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City’s Firefighters Protesting Amid Battle Over Work Hours

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NBC Bay Area

A group of Providence, Rhode Island, firefighters have staged a protest outside a fundraising event for Mayor Jorge Elorza amid a months-long battle over work schedules.

The firefighters gathered downtown Monday night to protest the city's new three-platoon schedule imposed in August. They say the changes have forced them to work more hours for less pay.

Elorza has said changing work schedules could save up to $7 million a year.

Both sides have been battling the issue in court. Lawyers for the mayor last week appealed a Superior Court judge's ruling for the two sides to go to grievance arbitration in December.

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