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AFD labor contract negotiations end without reached agreement

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www.kxan.com – Julianna Russ – 2023-08-12 11:13:43

SUMMARY: The City of Austin announced that it has failed to reach an agreement with the Austin Firefighters Association (AFA) and Austin firefighters regarding labor contract negotiations. The city had been working with the AFA for months to achieve a mutually agreeable contract. They had agreed on contract language and a wage package that would keep the firefighters the best paid in Texas. However, the AFA refused to recommend the contract to its members. The city expressed disappointment and stated that the contract would now have to be resolved through an arbitration proceeding, with a final ruling expected in mid-September.

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‘Intimate’ class: Nine ATCEMS cadets graduate

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www.kxan.com – Erica Pauda – 2024-06-15 15:46:48

SUMMARY: Austin-Travis County EMS faced a staffing shortage, but new medic cadets graduated on Friday to help alleviate the issue. Chief Robert Luckritz emphasized that the small class size fostered closer integration among graduates. Despite these efforts, the agency continues to tackle the staffing crisis. In 2022, ATCEMS had Austin's highest vacancy rate for authorized sworn positions. Luckritz expressed optimism about improving staffing levels, noting significant progress but acknowledging ongoing fluctuations. He also mentioned that while the current class is small, the upcoming class will be one of the largest in recent times.

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Houston parents’ annual childcare expenses are less than the $25,181 national average, SmartAsset report shows

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abc13.com – CultureMap – 2024-06-15 15:38:39

SUMMARY: Raising a child in the Houston, Texas area — including The Woodlands and Sugar Land — costs over $21,000 annually, according to a new SmartAsset report. Despite this seemingly high cost, the Houston metro area ranks 13th among the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas for having some of the lowest child-rearing expenses. The report emphasizes the significant financial consideration for those planning to start a family. For further details, the article recommends visiting Houston CultureMap. Watch ABC13 Houston for more and updates.

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Timeline: Recent British royal events as Kate Middleton appears in public while battling cancer

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abc13.com – AP – 2024-06-15 15:35:16

SUMMARY: Kate, Princess of Wales, made her first public appearance at King Charles III’s Birthday Parade since her cancer diagnosis earlier this year. Both Kate and King Charles have faced cancer treatments recently. Kate is progressing but still undergoing treatment and not returning to full-time duties yet. Charles resumed public engagements in April after a three-month hiatus for his treatment. Key recent events include Charles’ various state visits, Kate’s surgery and cancer treatment announcements, and issues surrounding privacy and misinformation. Kate received overwhelming public support and attended the Trooping the Color ceremony with her family, ending with a military flypast.

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