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January 13, 2008

Selectmen approve contracts for firefighters, other town workers

WINDHAM - Selectmen have approved two new contracts that would give firefighters and other municipal workers cost-of-living raises in exchange for paying a larger share of their health insurance costs.

A three-year contract for the town's 17 firefighters and a two-year contract for the 18-member municipal employees union were approved by the selectmen last week. Union members have yet to approve them, according to Town Administrator David Sullivan. Once that happens, voters will have the final say in March.

Under the terms of the new contract for firefighters, they would receive raises of between 2 percent and 4 percent this year and in each of the next two years. In return, firefighters would pay a higher share of their health insurance costs beginning April 1, 2009. Their share of the health insurance premiums would rise from 15 percent to 20 percent next year.

Under the terms of the new contract for the municipal employees, they would receive raises of between 2 percent and 4 percent this year and next. Their share of health insurance costs also would increase from 15 percent to 20 percent in April 2009.

Members of the municipal union include full-time employees in the town's Maintenance and Highway departments and the transfer station, along with administrative assistants for the police and fire chiefs and the planning and development director.

Approving the municipal union contract will cost an extra $26,510 this year, while the new contract for firefighters will cost an additional $29,530. The contracts will appear on the Town Meeting warrant as separate articles.

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