A collective bargaining agreement between Danbury and the fire union will give members raises, retroactive to July 1st. The City Council approved the extension of the agreement between the City and International Association of Fire Fighters Local 801. The agreement is for terms and conditions of employment for members of the union from July 1st 2015 through June 30th 2017.
There is a general wage increase of 2.75 percent in each of the two years of the agreement. It also includes adjustments to the cost share for the retiree health plan.
Mayor Mark Boughton said that the agreement will save the City significant expense in the next two fiscal years and eliminate the need for contract negotiations until 2017. The City built the 2.75 percent raise into the budget approved by the City Council last spring. The next fiscal year's budget will also include funding for the 2.75 percent wage hike included in the second year of the agreement.
The union ratified the contract on an approximate vote of 63 to 3.