Salt Lake City and its firefighters' union are considering another salary offer in the waning days of the collective bargaining season, which ends this week when the City Council passes a 1989-90 budget.
City negotiator John Gisler and Charlie Quick, president of the International Firefighters Association local 1645, met Friday morning to hash out another pay agreement. The union has rejected three previous city offers.Gisler and Quick reached tentative agreement on a pay package brought to the table by Quick. "It looks like it's reasonable," Gisler said.
However, Gisler said Quick was unsure whether rank and file firefighters would accept the package. Quick did not return phone calls Friday from the Deseret News.
The salary package is similar to that which the Salt Lake Police Association tentatively agreed to Thursday. The pay hike includes $385,000 in merit raises and cost-of-living adjustments and a pension pick-up plan whereby the city would pay $70,000 in pension plan costs for fire employees, Gisler said.
The $70,000 plan is in addition to the $385,000 pay hike. Gisler said he was unsure how the city would fund the plan, but the pickup could be postponed until next year to reduce its impact on the city budget.
If the union and the city fail to reach an agreement before the City Council passes a budget, which must be done by law by June 15, the city may pay firefighters by ordinance rather than by contract.
Mayor Palmer Depaulis said pay under ordinance would be less generous than that under contract.