“They’ll receive a total of 9 percent raise over 3 years ... for both full-time and paid-on-call. The last contract was the first we negotiated. They were so underpaid that they got monster raises,” said Jerald James, MAFF Labor Relations Specialist. “Three percent is significant for a wage increase. It kind of stabilized them for what we got particularly for how far behind they were from their peers. The Employer spent several thousand dollars on brand new fitness equipment for the group. The Employer opted to purchase the equipment through a grant and created a weight room in the fire house. Paid-on-call will get five additional points over and above the general public on the (hiring) tests (for full-time employment).”

“The group is happy with the wage increase, and we recognize that we still have some work to do. We look to build on the 9 percent and bring the gap between ranks closer together,” said Scott Basar, local union President. “We felt that buying the weight equipment was a cost savings to the department that could help us in future. Once the equipment is paid off, it’s here as opposed to $20 or 30 a month per guy for the gym. It’s about $2,000 a year (in gym costs). Having the equipment in the station is more beneficial for us than attending the gym. It’s time saving ... We’re here with the equipment, we’re here with trucks. (Paid-on-call) get automatic five points (on hiring tests) and you also get points based on (public safety) college degrees. Every little bit helps. The last hiring process the guys beat each other by one and two points. Prior to that, there was a guy who missed all together by a half point.”

Contract Duration: 3-year agreement ratified Feb. 14, 2017 effective 1-1-17 to 12-31-19.

Wage Increases:
3% increase effective Jan. 1, 2016.
3% increase effective Jan. 1, 2017.
3% increase effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Fringe Benefits: Local union President and Vice President will have super seniority while they hold office in regards to layoffs. For ties in seniority, greater seniority will be given based on application date instead of lottery. POC will receive five additional points added to their test score for promotion to Fire Fighter. Members may request PTO in lieu of overtime. Pay according to class will be immediately granted to those who work out of class as Lieutenant or Captain.

Manning & Safety: Training will be required monthly and Employees will be allowed to attend make up training dates. The Employer will provide facilities and/or equipment for members to workout. The Employer will also grant and/or alternate financial opportunities to support health and wellness.

Health Care: Insurance premiums will increase from 2% for Employees to 5%.

Bargaining Team: MAFF Labor Relations Specialist Jerald James, local union President Scott Basar, Vice President Colten White, Secretary Bill Regnier and Fire Fighter Ian Ballard.