A new tentative collective bargaining agreement with Springfield firefighters was approved 9-1 by the city council Tuesday night. The three-year deal provides a 1% increase the first year and 1.5% the second and the third years. Mayor Mike Houston says it is a much better deal for the city than the previous contract.
“This contract averages $379,000 per year. If we compare this to the previous contract, which was a five year contract with 4% increases each year, the average over that period was over $1.5 million dollars a year” told aldermen.
The lone “no” vote came from Alderman Joe McMenamin who says many firefighters make much more than the Springfield median income of $55,000 a year. The new contract runs through February 2016.