City Council Passes Plan To Save Fire Department Jobs - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

City Council Passes Plan To Save Fire Department Jobs

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane City Council unanimously passed an agreement with IAFF Local 29 to give up planned raises and make other concessions to save firefighter jobs and avoid any closures of fire stations in Spokane.

Local 29 of the International Association of Fire Fighters voted late last month to accept the agreement, which eliminates the cost-of-living raises the union was scheduled to receive next year. The union also agreed to pick up the increased cost of employee medical benefits above 4 percent.

The agreement includes:

  •  No raises for 2011
  • 4 percent cap for the city on medical increases
  • Change in holiday pay equal to the $20 per month per employee fee for medical plan administration. With the plan the fire department would need to eliminate seven relief firefighters....one management employee and a Deputy Fire Marshall.
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