“They went from having stipends for command officers to having hourly rates,” said Jim Steffes, MAFF Labor Relations Specialist. “Now it applies to everything they do - training, whatever function the fire department calls them in for. They’ll make more money. They received retro pay increases back to July 1, 2016. We also added two holidays paid at time and half - MLK day and the day after Thanksgiving.”

Contract Duration: 4-year agreement effective 7-1-16 to 6-30-20.
Wage Increases:
2% increase effective July 1, 2016.
2% increase effective July 1, 2017.
1.5% increase effective July 1, 2018.
Wage reopener effective July 1, 2019.

  • Command Officers, Captains and Battalion Chiefs were paid the same as fire fighters, but received annual stipends of $900 for Lieutenants; $1,000 for Captains; and $1,100 for Battalion Chief. Now they receive an hourly rate increase which applies to all hours worked, regardless if it’s training or response, which increases their overall compensation.

Fringe Benefits: Added two Holidays, MLK Day and the day after Thanksgiving, which are paid at a rate of time and a half. This brings employees up to 12 paid Holidays per year if they are called to respond.
Bargaining Team: MAFF Labor Relations Specialist Jim Steffes, local union President Phil Howell, Cody Revolt and Tony Lachcik.