Geneva Poised to OK Salary Hikes Monday in 4-Year Firefighters Contact

Geneva's City Council will hold a special meeting Monday to ratify a four-year contract agreement with firefighters and paramedics that includes both step and merit increases.

The city of Geneva will hold a special City Council meeting after its Committee of the Whole meeting Monday night to ratify a four-year contract with the firefighters union that calls for generous cost-of-living and merit raises in the next three years and a "wage reopener" for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

The agreement with the Geneva Professional Firefighters Association, Local 4287 calls for pay-level increases across the board, as follows:

  • FY 2012-2013 – 2%
  • FY 2013-2014 – 2.5%
  • FY 2014-2015 – 2.5%
  • FY 2015-2016 – wage reopener

In addition to the market range adjustment, firefighters and paramedics are eligible for merit pay increases and merit bonuses.

The salary schedule means a firefighter who starts at $52,415 in 2012 can make $60,641 in 2013—a 15.69 percent salary increase—if he or she advances just one grade level.

Two charts are provided in the document, one for firefighter/lieutenant firefighter, the other for paramedic/ lieutenant paramedic.

Starting salaries for firefighters are $52,415 as of May 1, 2012, $53,725 as of May 1, 2013, and $55,068 as of May 1, 2014—if the firefighter earns no merit increases during that time.

Top firefighter salaries for those three years are $78,030, $79,981 and $81,980.

  • Lieutenant firefighters start at $81,196 in 2012 and can make as much as $98,754 by May 1, 2014.
  • Paramedics start at $55,169 in 2012 and can make as much as $84,874 by May 1, 2014.
  • Lieutenant paramedics start at $83,950 and can make as much as $101,647 by May 1, 2014.

According to the City Council agenda packet PDF, a "management team conducted a comprehensive study to compare wages and benefits between the Firefighters and Lieutenants and other comparable departments/districts."

Negotiations took place over a 10-month period, as reported to the City Council in closed sessions on Nov. 12, Nov. 26, and Dec. 3.


Fred Smith December 08, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Where's the Tax-Fact group on this contract? Could it be this wouldn't be popular if your running for mayor?
Tom Fortune December 08, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Wow....better than the teachers...and a better starting salary... Where's BOB on this one??? Where's Julie???? Come on Bob...What does the "Mayor" have to say about this? I think they're worth every penny! Just like the teachers. Why can't I look up each of the firefighter's names and see how much each individual is making...like you can with the teachers? I bet because it's none of my business. Good thing, firefighters...if TaxFacts people had your name and salary...they would trash you like they did the individual teachers! Watch out Police Officers...BOB and his TaxFact group are coming after you next! Bob Mcquillan will destroy the town of Geneva....


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