Council approve important projects
Coun. Irvine Ferris, Brent Froese, and Diane Stasiuk pictured during Monday's council meeting where many important projects were given further approval. (ROBIN DUDGEON/THE DAILY GRAPHIC/QMI AGENCY)
The City of Portage la Prairie accomplished a lot during its only meeting in August, Monday, including steps forward on a number of important projects.
<b>Firefighters agreement complete</b>
Negotiations are now complete between the City of Portage la Prairie and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1079.
The two sides have agreed on a three year contract which runs from Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2014.
Highlights include: the removal of the “Minimum Staffing” requirement; the increase of payment of the vision premium to 100% paid by the City; as well the new contract saw a salary increases of 3% in Pay Period #1 of each year of 2012, 2013, and 2014 - plus a 2% salary increase in pay period #26 of each year of 2012, 2013, and 2014. The cost translates to a 3% wage increase in 2012 and a 5% increase in 2013 and 2014.
The two sides have been working to hammer out an agreement for some time now. Both sides are now pleased with the outcome.
For the full story see Tuesday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.