“This was basically a cost-of-living adjustment,” he said. “I think the new contract is reasonable. The city is happy with it and we’re happy with it. As far as the taxpayers are concerned, it’s a win-win all the way around.”
The wage adjustments were determined after a peer cities market survey was completed, said Monica Coleman, OKC’s assistant personnel director.
“I can’t say we had any major disputes with them (union negotiators),” she said.
According to the contract, pay increases ranged from 2.23 percent for district chiefs to 3.47 percent for sergeants/drivers.
The two sides reached a tentative agreement Sept. 3 and it was ratified by the union membership Oct. 11.
negotiators agreed to pay an additional $334 in health benefits for
each firefighter enrolled in the union’s insurance program.
As part of the new pact, which is retroactive to July 1, the city will pay for probationary permanent employees who are required to attend EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) classes during off-duty time at a cost of $48,500.
The new union contract will increase the city budget by $2.9 million. The new fire department budget for the current fiscal year will be $103.1 million compared to $100.1 million in fiscal year 2012-2013.