Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced, in a press release, that he has reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Pensacola Professional Fire Fighters Local 707, representing the City of Pensacola’s Fire Department employees.
“Our public safety employees are one of our City’s strongest assets,” said Mayor Hayward, according to city announcement. “These men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect our citizens. We owe it to them to ensure that they are paid fairly for the great work they do each and every day.”
The agreement includes an increase in the starting pay for newly hired Firefighters from $30,000 a year to $32,500 a year. In addition, Firefighters will each receive a 3% pay increase each year over the next three year period.
The agreement was voted on and ratified by the full union membership. The contract will now be presented to the City Council for final approval.