For the first time in almost a decade Buffalo firefighters have a new tentative contract.

Buffalo Firefighters Approve New Contract

May 30, 2013 Updated May 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

May 30, 2013 Updated May 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY

It's a battle that has dragged on for 10 long years. But the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association - Local 282 finally reached an agreement last week that firefighters approved in a vote Thursday.

There are currently 660 active firefighters and staff covered by the Union. Ninety percent voted Thursday.

It is a tentative 15 year agreement covering the past 11 years and next four years that will now go to the Common Council for approval.

Details about the contract will not be released until the agreement is fully approved. Both the City and the Union signed an agreement refraining from public comment until then.

However, in a recent letter to members from union president Dan Cunningham he informed the union body the Union would be demanding substantial raises after going nearly a decade with no change in pay.

The Union previously won a court battle against the City which settled the contract dispute from 2002 to 2004.

The Union's last legal contract expired on June 30th, 2004.

Mayor Byron brown released a statement late Thursday night saying the agreement is in the best interest of taxpayers and is fiscally responsible.