Council approves new contract for Fort Wayne firefighters

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.

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