Council approves new contract for Fort Wayne firefighters

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- The Fort Wayne City Council has approved a new three-year deal with the local firefighters’ union.

Fort Wayne Fire Department Chief Eric Lahey said the deal, approved Tuesday evening, includes a two percent pay increase each year and is retroactive to January 1.

The deal now goes to Mayor Tom Henry for his approval.

While the firefighters got a new contract, the way their union leadership is paid will not be changing.

Council members failed to approve a proposal that would have prevented taxpayer dollars from paying the salaries of police and fire union presidents.

Fort Wayne City Council President Marty Bender (R-At-large) originally introduced the bill. He said taxpayer dollars shouldn’t cover union business.

Councilman Russ Jehl (R-2nd) said he was against the bill, was not present for the vote on that proposal. The vote ended in a 4-4 tie. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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