By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Midwest City leaders recently approved labor agreements with the police and firefighter unions.
The city reached agreements on multi-year contracts with the two labor unions that include pay raises for police and firefighters. Employees will also be asked to contribute more towards their health benefits.
The city council approved a three-year contract with the International Association of Firefighters Local 2066, which represents the Midwest City firefighters, during a June 28 city council meeting.
Under the agreement, firefighters will receive a 6% pay raise retroactively effective July 1, with another 3% raise on July 1, 2023. There is no scheduled raise for fiscal year 2024-25.
The two sides agreed to add minor language changes to the promotion and eligibility qualifications. They also agreed to add a bachelor’s degree option in place of a certification for the assistant fire marshal and fire marshal positions.
The firefighter agreement also altered sick leave accrual and buyback program. Employees who work 24-hour shifts will accrue sick leave at a higher rate of 7 hours per pay period, which is up from 5.54, and they will be able to sell back overages each pay period at a lower rate of 40%. Employees who work 40-hour weeks will have a higher maximal accrual limit for sick leave of 960 hours.
An agreement with the police union came last week during a special council meeting on July 14.
Under the two-year agreement, police will receive an across the board 6% pay raise retroactive to July 1, the start of the new fiscal year. They will then receive an additional 2% increase on July 1, 2023.
The starting pay for a police officer will be $57,238.19 annually. That will increase to $58,382.95 on July 1, 2023.
Troy Bradley, human resources director for Midwest City, served as the lead negotiator for the city. Lonnie Bray, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 127, represented the police, while
Doug Beabout, IAFF Local 2066 president, negotiated for the firefighters.
The city council is expected to consider a cost-of-living adjustment for all city employees not represented by the two labor unions at a future meeting. The city traditionally offers a similar raise to its non-union employees after the police and firefighter contracts are approved.