Binghamton Firefighters On Track For New Contract

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 5, 2007 at 11:18 PM EST

Binghamton firefighters could have a new contract within the month.

That's according to city leaders.

They say it's a 4-year contract, retroactive to the beginning of 2007.

Firefighters salaries would increase 3.5 percent, each year, through 2009.

And 3.75 percent in 2010.

But they'll also have to pay a higher percentage of their health care.

They currently pay 10-percent.

That will rise to 15-percent by 2010.

City Council, which must approve the contract, was given an update Monday night.

One member says paying 15-percent still isn't enough, and likely won't vote for the contract if it stays as is.

"I think that unfortunately we all need to be paying more towards our health insurance. Everybody deserves quality health care. Everyone deserves quality health insurance. We can't afford to continue to subsidize it at 90 percent or even 87 percent," says councilwoman Teri Rennia.

City Council is expected to vote on the finalized contract at it's next meeting.

City firefighters have been working without a contract since January of 2006.

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