PORTAGE | Portage firefighters will enter the new year with a new three-year contract with the city.
The contract between the city and Portage Firefighters Local 3151 was approved this week by both the Board of Works and City Council. Firefighters ratified the contract in late November by a vote of 36-3.
Contracts with other bargaining units in the city are still pending ratification by both sides.
With the contract, firefighters will now be covered by Local 150 Operating Engineers Health and Welfare Fund for their health insurance.
According to the contract, firefighters will receive 2 percent pay increases in 2014 and 2015 and 1 percent increases in 2016.
Members will also receive a $750 signing bonus as well as a perfect attendance incentive day, said City Attorney Gregg Sobkowski.
Reduction days were also eliminated as part of the contract and firefighters will be paid overtime for working more than 204 hours in a 27-day period.
Sobkowski said he is hopeful the remaining bargaining agreements with employee groups will be ready for approval by the City Council's meeting in January.
OE Local 150 also represents streets and sanitation, park, police and utility department employees.
Sobkowski said the city received revised contracts Dec. 20 and those contracts are currently under review.