Firefighters

Never Forget the Toughest Days
9:11 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Outgoing Volunteer Fire Chief Looks Back

Former Jackson Township Fire Chief Paul Henson (foreground) completing aerial training.
Credit Paul Henson

A man who just retired as Chief of a volunteer fire department in rural Lee County says he would not change a thing about his lengthy tenure, despite some very difficult experiences.

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Provisions should reduce overtime
3:50 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Monmouth and Firefighters Ratify Contract

Monmouth's city council and the firefighters union each ratified the three-year contract by a unanimous vote.

Firefighters will receive a 2.5% pay raise each year of the deal.

The city and the union each wanted similar changes in the time-off policies. The city wanted to reduce overtime. The union wanted to reduce the likelihood firefighters would be called in on their days off.

City Administrator Eric Hanson said the major change was to vacation policy.

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Willing to Give Up Raises
4:21 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Keokuk Firefighters Want Contract Extension

Keokuk could get some financial help from some of its employees.

The city’s current contract with the firefighter’s union runs out June 30, 2013.  It is the only contract in place for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2012.

Keokuk is currently in negotiations with the unions representing police officers, employees at the wastewater treatment plant, and the general union, which includes parks, streets and cemeteries.

The firefighters are offering to give up the 3% raise its members are in-line for come July 1.

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