A new labor contract between firefighters and the city that would give them salary increases of 2 percent each year for three years will go before the City Council on Wednesday for ratification.
The agreement between the city and Newport Firefighters Local 1080, affiliated with the International Association of Firefighters, covers the current fiscal year that began July 1, and the following two fiscal years, for a total 6 percent increase over the three years. The contract would extend to June 30, 2021, if the council approves.
The new agreement would pay firefighters after four years of experience a salary of $67,466. Lieutenants would be paid $72,917; captains, $80,340; and deputy chiefs, $89,160. The senior deputy chief would be paid $90,943.
The highest-paid firefighter in the union would be the fire marshal, who would receive a salary of $98,076. The salary increases would be retroactive to July 1, so all firefighters would receive retroactive payments if the council approves the contract.