Grandview Heights City Council on Monday night, July 23, approved a new three-year contract with the city's firefighters.

The firefighters will receive a 3.25 percent pay increase each year of the contract, which is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018, and runs through Dec. 31, 2020.

In the previous three-year contract, the firefighters received a 3 percent annual pay increase.

The new contract maintains the same terms regarding insurance. The city will continue to pay 85 percent of the cost per member for single and family health and dental coverage. The rest will be paid by the employee.

The contract also continues a longevity-pay provision, in which upon reaching the fifth anniversary of continuous service with the city, the employee will receive a $600 longevity base payment. That is an increase of $100 over the sum in the last contract. For each additional year after five years of service, the employee will receive an additional $40 per year.

The firefighters are represented by Local 1792, International Association of Firefighters.

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