GRAND RAPIDS, Mich—The City of Grand Rapids has reached an agreement for a four-year contract with its firefighters.
Members of the International Association of Firefighters Local 366 approved the contract, which requires firefighters to pay more for their health care and pension benefits and reduces pension benefits to members hired after January 10, 2012, said a city release.
The new contract results in personnel costs for the city's fire department to be reduced by 8.2 percent. The city has been dealing with reduced revenues since before the so-called Great Recession.
William Smith, president of the local, said in the released it was important to "keep our current staffing numbers and resources intact."
“The ratification of the Grand Rapids Firefighters’ contract demonstrates the desire of the IAFF to work with the City in order to continue to provide excellent service to our citizens,” said Fire Chief Laura Knapp.
The release did not mention any adjustments in pay levels.