Fire, police workers get raise

Seymour police officers and firefighters will receive a 2 percent pay increase for 2013 after city officials recently approved contracts with those departments.

Collective bargaining between the city and its unionized employees came to an amicable end this fall with both sides agreeing to the terms.

“Negotiations went well, considering what we had to work with,” Mayor Craig Luedeman said of the city’s budget. “There’s just not a lot either side can give or get.”

Board of Public Works and Safety members signed off on the agreements last week, giving police and firefighters the same increase in pay the city council had previously granted for other city employees including those with the Department of Public Works and Parks and Recreation.

“It’s better than nothing,” Seymour Detective Greg O’Brien said. “We haven’t had a raise in two years.”

O’Brien is a member of the police’s bargaining committee.

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