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Arbitrator issues decisions in Rockford Fire contract dispute

Rockford -

An arbitrator, helping with the City of Rockford's contract with its Firefighters Union, releases his decision on several issues the two parties couldn't agree on.

Elloit Goldstein gave the 100 page ruling to the City just in time for the October 1st deadline.  It focused on four areas of economic impact that kept the city and the IAFF local Council 413 at odds for months.  They are company strength, wages, health insurance and sick leave pay out.

Goldstein says the City has to keep 59 people on each shift who are assigned to a maximum of fourteen companies and seven ambulances. The City also can not lay off any Local 413 bargaining unit employees during the term of this bargaining agreement.

On wages, Goldstein said union members will get a 2.75% pay raise the first year of the contract, a 2.5% raise the second year and a 2.5% increase in the third and final year.

Contract negotiations between the City and the Firefighters Union have been on-going for months. This new deal expires at the end of next year.

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