Contract talks are underway between Fort Madison and the unions representing its firefighters and public works employees.
Lee County is looking for some significant changes in employee benefits in its next contract with the union representing employees in the Sheriff's Office.
Keokuk will no longer need outside help to settle a new contract with some employees.
Mayor Tom Marion says that’s because the city and the general unit have reached a tentative agreement.
The employees in the general unit come from multiple departments, including streets and parks. They have been working under their previous contract since July 1.
Marion says the tentative agreement allowed the two sides to cancel an arbitration hearing scheduled for this week.
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.