At a meeting Monday, the Mt. Lebanon Commission voted unanimously to approve a four-year labor agreement with its career firefighters union, the Wage and Policy Committee of the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department. Union rank-and-file approved it earlier.
The current agreement expires Dec. 31, 2013.
The union covers 17 full-time firefighters who are all platoon chiefs or lieutenants. The chief is not included, nor are the 48 volunteer firefighters.
The major provisions are: a four-year term ending Dec. 31, 2017; wage increases of 2.5 percent in each of the first three years and 2.75 percent in the fourth year; increase in employee contribution toward pension from 4 percent to 5 percent; increase in employee contribution for health insurance from the current rate of 10 percent to 12 percent; and other changes related to elimination of compensatory time.
The average annual cost of the provisions to the municipality is 2.24 percent. No dollar amount was available at Monday's meeting.
The agreement was negotiated by the assistant municipal manager and the fire chief based on direction from the manager and the commissioners.
In other news, the Commission voted unanimously to install four-way stop signs at three intersections along North Meadowcroft Avenue at Parker, Morrison and Newburn drives.
The Commission also voted unanimously to award the municipality's storm sewer contract to low bidder Niando Construction for $124,565. The project involves the installation of new storm sewers along Park Entrance Drive, Lindendale Drive, Sandrae Drive, Piper Drive, and Cochran Road.
The budgeted amount for the contract is $180,000.
Margie Smykla, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org