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Tonight: New contract with Menlo Park Firefighters up for vote

 

A contract with firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is up for approval before the district governing board on Tuesday, Aug. 25. The firefighters have been working without a contract for seven years.

The governing board meets at 7 p.m. in the Station 1 classroom at 300 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.

The board will be voting on a memorandum of understanding with San Mateo County Firefighters Local 2400 that would cost the district $9.8 million and be in force through the 2017-18 fiscal year.

The contract would include a payment to firefighters of $1.5 million as a consequence of the district's having engaged in unlawful piecemeal bargaining and acting unilaterally, according to a set of rulings by the state Public Employment Relations Board.

The documents have been posted on the district's website at www.menlofire.org for about a month.

Under the new deal, 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, Chief Harold Schapelhouman 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.

Dave Boyce

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