But for now, the deal would mean Chicago has only a major employment contract – its agreement with the Fraternal Police Order, which will certainly be more difficult because of The turbulent relationship between Lightfoot and its leader and tougher problems for officers` responsibility. It`s no wonder Lightfoot was cutting a one-year contract with the firefighters rather than trying to negotiate a longer contract that will see them through the 2023 mayoral election. The agreement has yet to be ratified. The current contract expired on June 30, 2017. The new agreement expires on June 30, 2021. It includes a 10% pay increase with all but 2.5% with retroactive effect. The agreement will also increase contributions for health workers by 1.5% over the life of the agreement. It will only be a few months before the city and the union return to the negotiating table for the next contract, when both sides will have to deal with the controversial staffing needs. The new contract provides for a 10% increase for firefighters and paramedics during the term of the contract, in exchange for employees who contribute more to their health plans. Lightfoot said a second set of bunker equipment was a frequent request from firefighters when visiting firemen`s boxes.
“Because if men and women respond to a fire in the middle of winter and their clothes are contaminated and wet, another fire could occur, where they will have to react on the same layer. It is important that we take the necessary steps to ensure that the men and women in firefighters have the equipment they need to keep them safe and healthy,” she said. Lightfoot received a big boost from the firefighters` union during the 2019 campaign, when he was in favour of his candidacy at the start of the second round. In exchange for annual wage increases of 2% to 2.25% until January 1, 2022, retired firefighters and active firefighters will contribute more to their health care, saving the city $10 million over the life of the agreement, Franczek said. The agreement does not change a rule that each device must be occupied by at least five people. The agreement provides that current staffing requirements are maintained until January 1, 2022. The agreement, which has yet to be ratified, also maintains valuable union benefits and outdated personnel requirements, costing taxpayers millions.