After seven years of working without a contract, firefighters and the management of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District have reached a tentative agreement over pay and benefits.
The contract between the district and firefighters Local 2400 is expected to cost the district a total of $9.8 million and includes salary increases of up to 17 percent over four years, according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.
The contract and associated documents will be posted on the fire district's website by July 20, Chief Schapelhouman said. The memorandum of understanding accompanying the contract will be available for public comment for at least 30 days.
The five-member district board approved a posting of the tentative deal in a 4-1 vote in closed session on July 7, with Chuck Bernstein dissenting. A vote that could ratify the agreement is set for Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the board's regular meeting at 300 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.
The tentative agreement would allow average base salaries to rise by up to 9 percent for the 2014-15 budget year just ended, and up to 3 percent for each of the following three years.
Firefighters would pay 12 percent of pension costs, retroactive to 2014-15, up from the 9 percent they are paying now. This will save the district around $1.2 million over four years, the chief said. Firefighters would also pay 10 percent of the costs for health care coverage.
The contract includes a stipend for firefighters choosing to live within 60 miles of the district, starting at $200 a month and rising to $300 by the end of the contract.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story was incorrect in stating that the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District had approved a tentative agreement on July 7, 2015. The board had approved the website posting of the agreement.