Rolling Meadows firefighters get raises under new contract
Rolling Meadows officials have inked a new three-year labor agreement with city firefighter/paramedics and lieutenants who will earn annual salary increases of 2.5 percent.
The agreement, unanimously approved this week by the city council and ratified earlier by members of Rolling Meadows Professional Firefighters International Association of Firefighters Local 3075, also provides extra pay for longevity and those who volunteer to work as a "community paramedic" within a new mobile integrated health care pilot program. The initiative, coordinated by Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights in partnership with the Palatine and Palatine Rural fire departments, enlists paramedics to make house calls for some patients.
The wage increases mirror those approved by the council in July under first-time contracts for two employee unions that include secretaries, inspectors and public works staff. The new fire contract begins Jan. 1 and runs through 2021. The police union contract, still being negotiated, expires at the end of the year.