One-year contract with firefighters will save Keizer Fire District $75K

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The union representing professional firefighters in the Keizer Fire district has agreed to a one-year no-increase contract that will save the district about $75,000 beginning the 2013-14 fiscal year. The members of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local #3881 are currently working under a three-year agreement slated to end in June of 2013. Contract re-negotiations would have normally begun in January of 2013, but the paid-career staff offered a one-year contract extension and wage freezes with no increase in benefits to the Keizer Fire Board at its June meeting.  The Keizer Fire District Board of Directors unanimously accepted the offer. “It is our desire to work with the District in finding a solution to staffing levels and replacing aging equipment, which will result in a win-win-win scenario where the fire district wins, the firefighters win, and ultimately, the citizens of Keizer Fire District win,” said Capt. Brian Butler, union president. The district operates a blended staff of career, volunteer and combination employees and the union proposal represents the paid members of the firefighting and paramedic staff as well as the captains of the organization. Management staff, which included the fire chief, deputy chief, division chiefs and office managers have also agreed to a one-year wage and benefit freeze that will help keep costs down. Keizer Fire District Board President Joe Van...

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