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.