Members of the Professional Firefighters Union Local 396 have officially voted to ratify the City of Kokomo’s contract offer.
The new contract is effective immediately and expires on December 31, 2020. It includes a 1% pay raise for the remainder of 2018, and a 1% pay raise each year in 2019 and 2020. The contract also includes a $900 monthly stipend for retirees. Additionally, the contract includes revisions to the insurance plans for current firefighters, and a revised sick leave plan among other items.
“As a former union president myself, I know that President Frazier has a tough job,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “He is responsible for advocating for his members, just as I am responsible for advocating for taxpayers. We were able to come together, sit down and make a deal that serves both the taxpayers and our Firefighters well. We look forward to working together. I also want to offer a special thanks to Tom Hanify, President of the Indiana Professional Firefighters Union, for his leadership in helping us come to an agreement.”
“The Kokomo firefighters and Mayor Goodnight have been able to put our differences aside and work together to reach this agreement,” said Local 396 President Chris Frazier. “Tensions became high and both parties said and did things they probably wouldn’t ordinarily do. Thankfully we were able to put this behind us. Now the Mayor and firefighters can focus on the good and important work we are all doing to further Kokomo’s progress.”
As part of this contract, both parties agree to withdraw all pending litigation, appeals, lawsuits, grievances, or complaints, arising out of, or during, the 2017-2018 negotiation.