Pay increase for firefighters - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Pay increase for firefighters

Posted: Updated:

Yakima, WASH.--Yakima's City Council signed off on a two year collective bargaining agreement Monday morning with the Yakima Firefighters Union.

The first contract was rejected by city council earlier this year.  Council members felt the total amount of money asked for was more than they could afford at the time.  The new agreement does not address staffing and gives firefighters a 5 percent pay increase over the next two years.

City council member Dave Ettl said, "Firefighters and police went back, worked and came back with new deals and we're able to save citizens several hundred thousand dollars over those contracts.  Police get a contract, fire get a contract.  Nobody has to go to arbitration."

Some council members voted against passing the contract. They say that because of the struggling economy, now is not the time to make concessions to the union.