Union officials say a tentative agreement on a new five-year Providence firefighters contract could be presented to City Council's Finance Committee this week.
The department would return to a four-shift work week under the agreement reached last month. The minimum number of firefighters required per shift would be lowered from 94 to 88.
A finance committee hearing, public hearing, union vetting and secret union vote would all have to happen.
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City Council would vote twice to approve the deal.
Union and city officials tell The Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/2dFvoBl ) the agreement was expected to take effect on Oct. 29 but could be delayed.
A City Council spokeswoman says vetting can begin after Mayor Jorge Elorza's administration provides all the information necessary for them to determine if the contract saves money.