The St. Charles City Council approved a collective bargaining agreement between the City of St. Charles and the St. Charles Professional Firefighter’s Association I.A.F.F. Local 3322, which represents the City’s firefighters. The contract was approved at the June 15, 2020, City Council Meeting.
The approved contract covers 38 fire personnel and is effective May 1, 2020, through April 30, 2024. The contract includes a wage increase of 2.25% for the first two years of the contract and 2.5% for the last two years of the contract. The total additional increase over the life of the four-year contract is $760,430, which includes wages, FICA, and pension expenses.
The City and I.A.F.F. agreed to engage in interest-based bargaining, a more collaborative form of bargaining that allows for open dialogue to resolve concerns. Union members ratified the contract on May 28, 2020, after participating in the collective bargaining process over nine meetings occurring in February, March, and April.
“We appreciate the level of service and the professionalism of the members of the St. Charles Fire Department,” said Mayor Raymond Rogina. “Our firefighter/paramedics are there when our residents need them most and we recognize their commitment to serving our community.”