Liberty trustees, fire union settle contract

Staff report


Township trustees and the fire department’s union have settled a three-year contract.

The trustees approved the contract Monday. It includes a 4 percent raise the first year, and no raises in the second or third years, said trustee chairman Jason Rubin, adding that he believes the talks went well.

“In the last 20 years, there has never been a zero-zero percent wage increase,” he said.

Firefighters are represented by the International Association of Firefighters.

Under the present contract, a starting firefighter makes $13.46 an hour. The wage range goes up to $24.54 for a captain/paramedic.

There are 14 full-time firefighters in the department.

They now will pay 12 percent toward their health care premiums, up from 10 percent.

The township and the union had been in talks for three months, Rubin said.

Talks are still continuing with the police union and the road department.

The final draft of the road-department contract is being reviewed, he said.

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