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|City & Firefighters Union Accord to be Voted on Tonight
|Galesburg's City Manager says an issue that's been resolved in a contract the City Council will vote on Monday night will likely come up as other city contracts are negotiated in the coming months.
Dane Bragg says aldermen will vote on a contract with the city's Firefighters Union Local 555 that calls for pay raises of 3.25% per year for three years, but individual firefighters will have to, for the first time, pay for part of their health insurance.
And, in addition, Bragg says some cuts will be made to retiree health insurance, in that new firefighters won't get insurance when they retire.
Bragg tells the "WGIL Morning News" those and other details will come up in further talks with other groups soon.
"These are the same topics we'll be discussing, or are discussing, with the AFSCME and the police-represented employees, and, obviously, our exempt group of employees as well," Bragg said. "So, we are looking at making an overall strategic change in our benefits package."
Bragg says the cuts in retiree health insurance, in current dollars, could save the city over $2 million. The firefighters' contract also includes the creation of a retiree health saving plan, that would be made available to those new hires.
Aldermen Monday night will take part in one of their final budget work sessions prior to next month's adoption, and public hearings are scheduled for both the city and township budgets for the fiscal-slash-calendar year.
Those will start at seven o'clock Monday night, with the regular meeting starting at 7:30.
|11 16 09 by Newsroom
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