Archive for September 13th, 2015

Waukegan firefighters receive 2 percent pay increase

Excerpts from the

Firefighters in Waukegan will receive 2 percent pay increases over each of the next three years under a pact approved this week by a unanimous City Council vote.

The terms of the new contract did, however, elicit some reservations voiced by 1st Ward Ald. Sam Cunningham, who expressed concerns about the big-picture impact of several recent employee-salary hikes on the city’s overall bottom line.

At one point, Cunningham pointed out that the council had just heard complaints from residents on the far west side’s River Road corridor about property tax increases in the 40 percent range.

According to Mayor Wayne Motley, the city’s pact with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 473 (IAFF) is effective retroactively to March 1 of this year and runs through April 30, 2018. Along with the 2 percent increases for all union firefighters, the deal includes a 1 percent increase for those reaching 15 years with the department.

Earlier this year, the city agreed on new contracts that included 2 percent salary hikes with the Metropolitan Alliance of Police (MAP), which represents sergeants on the Waukegan Police Department, and the Waukegan Police Benevolent Labor Committee (PBLC), which represents the city’s patrol officers.

In addition, the city announced in April that all 62 management and non-union municipal employees would receive a 2 percent raise, a cost estimated at the time to be $75,000 in the first year.

The increases come after employee unions agreed to financial and other concessions during the recession, and non-union employees saw their salaries frozen for more than three years starting in 2009. In October 2012, the council enacted a four-year freeze on the salaries for the mayor, city clerk and treasurer.


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Area apparatus on order

Decatur Fire Department: Pierce Impel pumper; 1,500-gpm pump; 500-gallon tank. Delivery in February 2016.

Elgin Fire Department: E-ONE Typhoon pumper; 1,500-gpm pump; 530-gallon tank. Delivery in November.

Elmhurst Fire Department: E-ONE Cyclone II, 95-foot rear-mount aerial tower ladder; 1,500-gpm pump; 300-gallon tank. Delivery in January 2016.
Niles Fire Department: Pierce Dash CF PUC pumper; 1,500-gpm pump; 500-gallon tank; 20-gallon foam cell; Husky 12 Class A foam system. Delivery in February 2016.
Pontiac Rural Fire Protection District: Alexis flatbed brush truck with a Ford F-550 cab and chassis; Waterous PB18-3030LE portable pump with 21-hp Kubota engine; 300-gallon tank; 12-gallon foam cell. Delivery in September.
Skokie Fire Department: Pierce Dash CF 100-foot platform quint; 1,500-gpm pump; 300-gallon tank. Delivery in February 2016.

Thanks Ron

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New fire truck for Evanston

Josh Boyajian found this on the Pierce Flickr site:

Evanston Fire Department tractor-drawn TDA aerial

Pierce composite

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