Under a tentative contract reached by the city and the fire union, firefighters' wages would not increase in 2011.
In the give and take that comes with bargaining, the firefighters may see better incentives for working as a driver or paramedic, while paying more toward health insurance premiums. No expenses would be added to this year's city budget.
The Employee Relations Committee talked about the proposed ratification of the 2011-13 labor contract with Wauwatosa Professional Firefighters Association Local 1923 during a closed session Jan. 11. The committee held off on a decision and is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to recommend the contract.
Hank Wendt, fire union president, said he would hold off on comment until the Common Council addresses the proposed agreement in coming weeks.
Negotiations began in mid-September on a contract that addresses wages, benefits and management concerns. Wages would remain unchanged for 2011, but the contract calls for a 1 percent to 1.5 percent increases the following two years.
Health insurance cost sharing has proved a prominent issue in the city. The tentative agreement ups union members' premium contributions to 12 percent, or 6 percent if they participate in Wauwatosa's wellness program. By 2013, the contribution would reach 20 percent, or 10 percent with wellness. There also would be co-pays and deductibles required for outpatient surgery and tests and emergency room visits.
Some of the other proposed changes include allowing members to use city e-mail to conduct union business, adding spouses to the city's wellness program, nearly doubling the continuing education reimbursement and switching the holidays of Lincoln and Washington's birthdays with President's Day and Sept. 11.
- Name revealed of new female giraffe at Milwaukee Co. Zoo
- State Street road work may be the biggest headache this year in Wauwatosa (1)
- Tosa Top 5: Five things you need to know about in Wauwatosa this week
- Wauwatosa law enforcement honors fallen officers during national bike tour (1)
- Wauwatosa alderman calls 1979 parking ordinance 'nitpicky,' looks for change (11)
- Wauwatosa Meetings: May 26
- Wauwatosa News IQ: May 26
- Wauwatosa Ask Now: Why are left-turn signals different at different times?
- Tosa school libraries gear up for fall introduction of 'makerspaces'
- Tosa West's We the People team reflects on nationals, yearly successes