Firefighters en Monmouth and Firefighters Ratify Contract <p>Monmouth&#39;s city council and the firefighters union each ratified the three-year contract by a unanimous vote.<br /><br />Firefighters will receive a 2.5% pay raise each year of the deal.<br /><br />The city and the union each wanted similar changes in the time-off policies. The city wanted to reduce overtime. The union wanted to reduce the likelihood firefighters would be called in on their days off.<br /><br />City Administrator Eric Hanson said the major change was to vacation policy.<br /> Thu, 24 May 2012 20:50:20 +0000 James Lenz 15669 at Monmouth and Firefighters Ratify Contract Keokuk Firefighters Want Contract Extension <p>Keokuk could get some financial help from some of its employees.</p><p>The city&rsquo;s current contract with the firefighter&rsquo;s union runs out June 30, 2013.&nbsp; It is the only contract in place for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2012.</p><p>Keokuk is currently in negotiations with the unions representing police officers, employees at the wastewater treatment plant, and the general union, which includes parks, streets and cemeteries.</p><p>The firefighters are offering to give up the 3% raise its members are in-line for come July 1.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 21:21:28 +0000 Jason Parrott 15536 at Keokuk Firefighters Want Contract Extension