By Danny restivo
City lawmakers have approved a new contract for Girard firefighters.
Council unanimously approved the contract during a meeting at city hall Monday night.
The three-year contract, which expires Dec. 31, 2015, gives firefighters a 25-cent-per-hour pay raise in lieu of percentage-based increases.
The contract also waives monthly premiums employees must pay for health insurance, which equates to $360 a year for an employee with a family and $180 a year for a single employee. There is a co-pay for the firefighters for office visits and specialized medical care.
The agreement also reduces the standard work week from 53 to 52 hours, allowing for two more days off a year.
The contract also allows firefighters to receive a 10-cent-an-hour increase if they are certified in scuba diving, hazardous material awareness, rope rescue, fire-safety inspector, arson investigator or any type of specialized instruction.
The agreement comes two weeks after council approved a contract with the city’s American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union. That contract stipulates a 25-cent-an-hour pay increase for all employees, as well as waiving monthly health insurance premiums.
“All parties negotiated in good faith, and its fair to our employees as well as our taxpayers,” said Mayor Jim Melfi. Council has yet to approve a contract with the city’s police department.