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    BILLINGS (AP) - City firefighters have agreed to a three-year
    contract that includes a 4.3 percent pay raise retroactive to July
    1, 2002.
    The firefighters have been working without a contract for almost
    a year.
    The new pact also calls for a 4.3 percent raise for the fiscal
    year beginning this July 1 and a raise in 2004 of not less than 2
    percent.
    Human Resources Manager Rick Harden said Thursday the agreement
    also calls for firefighters to chose one of three health insurance
    plans and to share health insurance costs with the city, mirroring
    plans offered to Billings police and the Teamsters.
    Under previous contracts, the city paid all health care
    premiums, said Jaime Mertz, president of International Association
    of Fire Fighters, Local 521.
    Firefighters approved the contract Tuesday. The Billings City
    Council is to vote on the contract during its meeting June 23.
    "Both sides are pleased with the results," Harden said. "We
    appreciated the firefighters' willingness to address the medical
    insurance issue."
    "I'm surprised we have an agreement this soon," Mertz said.
    "Having the city at the table with Rick and (acting city
    administrator Kristoff) Bauer there meant decisions could be made
    at the table where before we couldn't make decisions there."
    Harden said he looked forward to a return to normalcy in
    relations with the firefighters.
    The 4.3 percent increases will bring the firefighters pay on par
    with other city employees.

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    Wow, another Montanan?

    Here I thought I was the only one in Montana that ever uses this board. You from Billings? I grew up in Billings.

    thetroutguy

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