JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown City Council has unanimously approved a tentative agreement with the Jamestown Professional Firefighters Association Local 137.
Members of the Council voted on the resolution last night. According to Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist, the wage scale for 2018-20 will increase by two percent for each year.
Sundquist says that the agreement came after a long period of negotiating between the two sides.
“As you know, we have been working diligently over the last year and four months to try to resolve the outstanding contracts for all of our bargaining units,” Sundquist said. Sundquist notes that the City was previously able to reach agreements with other unions.
“I’m excited after a lot of long hours back and forth, and a lot of give and take on both sides, we’ve been able to resolve the last outstanding contract, which is our fire union contract,” Sundquist continued.
In addition to the extended pay scale, the Mayor explains that the City will be “working to solidify” an EMS supervisor position.
Sundquist, however, explains that both sides still need to reach an agreement for 2021 and beyond.
Councilwoman Kim Ecklund recused herself from the vote because her husband is a retired member of the union.