City and fire union reach first contract agreement since 2005

The City of Newport and its firefighters union have signed their first labor agreement since 2005. The agreement is split into two contracts, one covering July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2011 and the other July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014. The contract reduces minimum staffing and increases what firefighters pay towards retirement and insurance.

Wages will be increased according to this schedule:

  • July 1, 2006, 3.5%
  • July 1, 2007, 3.125%
  • July 1, 2008, 2.5%
  • July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011, No increase
  • June 30, 2011, 2.75%
  • January 1, 2012, 2.75%
  • January 1, 2013, 2.75%

Source: The Newport Patch