Assembly ratifies firefighters’ contract

A fire truck returns to the Glacier Fire Station near the airport. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

The Juneau Assembly has ratified terms of a new three-year contract agreement between the city and firefighters.

Members of the International Association of Firefighters, Local 4303, already voted to ratify the negotiated agreement, which includes a 1 percent pay increase on July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.  Next year, wages go up 1.5 percent.

Employer health care contribution rates also increase in fiscal year 2015.

In addition, the Capital City Fire and Rescue pay schedule has been rewritten.

The contract changes will cost the city a total of $555,737 over the life of the contract, according to CBJ Manager Kim Kiefer.  It expires on June 30, 2016.

Assembly member Randy Wanamaker wanted to delay the vote, objecting to the way the tentative agreement was presented to the Assembly. It was on the Assembly’s Consent Agenda.

Wanamaker said he wanted more information, though the entire agreement was provided to the Assembly in its packet before Monday’s meeting.  City Manager Kim Kiefer also briefed the Assembly in a closed door session prior to the  meeting.  Other Assembly members said they had enough information to take the vote.  It passed unanimously.

Other Assembly news

Trucano Construction is the winner of a CBJ bid to construct a new Fisheries Terminal Dock in downtown Juneau.

The Assembly Monday awarded the Juneau-based company the contract to rebuild the dock near the University of Alaska Southeast Technical Center.  The existing dock was struck by a boat and damaged beyond repair.

Trucano was the low bidder of three companies who submitted proposals for the construction project.  Trucano’s contract with the city totals $106,489.  The CBJ engineer’s estimate is $120,000.


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