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West Covina : Firefighters to Get Pay Raise

The city’s firefighters, who have gone without raises for two years, will receive an 11% salary increase this year, a 5% increase next year and up to 6% in 1991 as part of a new labor contract approved Monday by the City Council.

The Fire Department’s contract difficulties date back to 1986, when the West Covina department merged with its counterpart in Covina to form the San Gabriel Valley Fire Authority. The ill-fated merger was dissolved last year amid conflict between the two cities over its management and other issues. The authority will be officially disbanded Feb. 1.

As part of the contract, union members will also receive a one-time, 5% increase as compensation for unsuccessful negotiations with the troubled Fire Authority, which was unable to forge a contract to incorporate firefighters from both departments.

The 1991 increase will range from 4% to 6%, depending on the rate on inflation.

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