Archive for January 12th, 2014

Franklin Park FD receives grant

The Franklin Park Herald Journal has an article about a Federal Grant for the Franklin Park Fire Department:

Franklin Park is getting $461,724 to hire new firefighters and paramedics. The money comes from a grant issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The village applied for the grant in September 2013. U. S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-5), who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, pushed for the village to get the grant.

In April 2013, when firefighters signed a two-year contract with the village, Chief Steve Iovinelli said there were 39 firefighters plus the chief. That number had dropped through attrition from seven years earlier, when the department had 46 firefighters and 12 contract paramedics.

The grant is not renewable. However, the fire department can reapply for another grant.

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New contract for North Chicago firefighters

The Lake County News Sun has an article about a new contract for the North Chicago firefighters.

The North Chicago City Council on Monday unanimously approved a new five-year contract with the city’s firefighters’ union.

The agreement calls for an 11.5 percent wage increase over the life of the contract, which ends in 2017.

“I think it was a fair contract for both sides,” Mayor Leon Rockingham said on Tuesday, Jan. 7. “Neither side got everything they wanted. But it’s an agreement we can both live with.”

The agreement contains other changes to compensation. Firefighters will now reach the top of their pay scale at nine years, faster than the previous 10 years. Under a new sick leave policy, an incentive of 72 hours pay will be awarded to firefighters who reach an excess of 560 hours with no hours used. Firefighters may accrue up to 1,440 hours of sick leave.

Illinois Association of Firefighters Local 3271 President Josh Monroe, a lieutenant in the North Chicago department, said the new agreement was ratified by the 30-member union on Dec. 10. The vote was 15-8.

“We, of course, want to work with the city, but at the same time, the economy is tough for everybody,” said Monroe, an 11-year veteran of the department.

Bargaining for the new contract, which replaces a four-year agreement that ended last year, began in May 2013.

thanks Dan

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