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New contract approved for St. Charles firefighters

ST. CHARLES – The city’s firefighters, lieutenants and captains are now working under a new contract.

The St. Charles City Council recently approved a three-year agreement between the city and the St. Charles Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 3322.

The contract is effective from May 1 to April 30, 2016, and covers the city’s 44 firefighters, lieutenants and captains, Human Resources Director Kathy Livernois said.

Wage increases are planned for each year. Annual increases are 2.25 percent for firefighters; 2.75 percent for firefighters/paramedics; and 2 percent for lieutenants and captains.

“We do it based on comparable communities,” Livernois said. “We feel very comfortable with the percentages being given.”

Other monetary benefits – step increases for those with less than five years with the department; a stipend for lieutenants and captains who are certified as paramedics; and longevity pay – were unchanged from the previous contract, Livernois said.

Most of the changes were in the language, she said. For example, she said, the drug and alcohol policy was updated.

The firefighters contract was the third agreement reached this year with city employees. The patrol officers’ and police sergeants’ contracts were settled in the spring.

Negotiations with the teamsters are next on the docket, Livernois said, noting their contract expires April 30, 2014.

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