The West Chester Board of Trustees approved a three-year contract with the township’s fire lieutenants and firefighters on Tuesday.
“The contract provides the standard step increase historically found in collective bargaining agreements and an annual 2.5 percent cost-of-living increase in each year of the agreement,” a township news release said.
But the contract also increased employee premium contributions for healthcare.
“West Chester vigorously negotiates contracts with all collective bargaining units, representing the community’s best interest and good stewardship of taxpayer dollars,” the release said.
“Through responsible management, fiscal mindfulness, and meaningful implementation of alternative strategies relating to delivery of service, the West Chester Fire Department continues to maintain costs within the constraints of a levy approved by voters in 2006.”