Mequon — Firefighters and emergency medical service personnel in Mequon will see a bump in pay this year.
The Mequon Common Council recently approved a two-year agreement with the Mequon Fire and EMS Association that includes a raise and restructures how firefighters are paid.
The contract, which is approved through 2017, applies to the city's 63 paid on-call firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
It includes a $2-an-hour pay adjustment for all non-probationary employees, which will take effect in 2016, and no adjustment in 2017. It is the first pay adjustment since 2010, according to a staff report, resulting in an average increase of about 1.1 percent annually from 2010 through 2017.
On-call pay will be calculated differently in this contract as well. While employees are paid $3 an hour for being on-call, that $3 an hour will be deducted from the total amount earned for responding, the report said.
Starting in 2017, only $1.50 will be deducted.
All fire employees now will be paid bi-weekly, rather than monthly, which aligns them with other city staff.
In addition, the 16 employees who work sufficient hours to be eligible for contributions to the Wisconsin Retirement System now will contribute 6.6 percent of their pay toward retirement, the report said, which is matched by the city. Previously, the city matched 3 percent.
The tentative two-year agreement will cost about $49,500, the report said.