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Maryville approves MOU with firefighters union

By Kathy Turner

The Maryville Village Board on Wednesday, July 19 approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Maryville Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 4531. 

The memorandum focuses on the hiring of EMT-Basics as full-time employees. The first changes recognize firefighter/EMT-B as part of the bargaining unit and identify that two-thirds of the full-time staff must be licensed paramedics.

Regarding educational pay, the changes will identify firefighter/paramedics as the only bargaining unit members eligible for educational reimbursement. The Village will reimburse all costs associated with obtaining the paramedic certification as long as employees meet the grade requirements outlined in the agreement.  

Once training costs are reimbursed, the MOU requires that any employee who resigns from employment must reimburse the Village for the actual cost of tuition not to exceed $7,500 on a pro rata basis of minus $125 per month. Employees who remain for sixty months will not be required to reimburse tuition.  

Other changes outlined in the agreement include:

  • Employees may rollover up to 48 hours of vacation time to their next anniversary date; 
  • Employees with less than 90 days of employment will not be eligible for 24 hours of personal leave;
  • Firefighters/EMT-Bs will be responsible for procuring time trades to attend class and will be paid straight hourly pay while attending said classes;
  • Firefighters attending paramedic class will have an extended probation of 30 months to obtain paramedic licensure; and, 
  • At least one of the two available employees must be a licensed paramedic to answer calls for service.

The final clause identifies the pay scale for Probationary Firefighter/EMT-B employees.  On hire, the pay scale will be 80% of non-probationary firefighter/paramedics. After probation, the rate will increase to 90% of non-probationary firefighter/paramedics. The final increase to 100% will come when employees obtain licensing. 

In other business, the Board approved Alert Electric Inc. as contractors on the water plant electrical work. The cost will be $21,250.  

Residents are encouraged to participate in the annual Kayaking on Drost Lake event. This year’s outing is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. Reservations are required for the event so residents should visit the Village website to learn more about the event or to register. 

The next meeting of the Board will be held on Wednesday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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