TALLMADGE – The city’s firefighters union has a new three-year contract with pay raises.

Council members unanimously approved the contract Sept. 12.

"We have a signed contract by both sides, ready to adopt," said Mayor David Kline before the vote. "It's good for the city and good for the firefighters."

According to the report issued by the State Employment Relations Board (SERB) on July 12, the fact finder recommended that the 13 employees represented by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 2764 receive a 2.5 percent pay raise both this year and in 2020, and a 3 percent increase in 2021. Kline said those figures were in the current contract.

The employees will pay up to 17 percent of their total health insurance premiums, but that increase to the employee contributions cannot exceed the caps for 2020 and 2021 that are listed in the fact finder report. The current contract does not have a fixed percentage, according to the fact finding report.

The Local 2764 contract begins on Jan. 1, 2019, and expires on Dec. 31, 2021, and employees will receive retroactive payments of wages and other economic benefits.

The IAFF’s previous three-year contract expired at the end of 2018.

Although an ordinance for an agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police/Ohio Labor Council (FOP) for Tallmadge police patrol officers and a separate ordinance for Tallmadge police sergeants and lieutenants were ready for third readings, the agreements were not ready, and Council members tabled the two ordinances until Dec. 12.

The Fraternal Order of Police/Ohio Labor Council (FOP), which represents 23 employees, also saw its contract expire at the end of 2018.

The city’s other two employee unions — the Teamsters and the part-time firefighters — both have active contracts in place. The Teamsters’ new three-year pact for the 22 employees it represents began on Jan. 1, 2019, while the part-time firefighters’ three-year deal for the 48 employees it represents started on Jan. 1, 2018.

Reporter Phil Keren contributed to this story.

Reporter Laura Freeman can be reached at 330-541-9434 or lfreeman@recordpub.com