The firefighters union in Kokomo is filing a grievance against the city, stating that they were not given a 1.5% pay raise which they say was promised to them in a previous agreement with the city. The agreement, made back in 2010, stated that the firefighters union had agreed to give up a 1.5% pay raise in exchange for a raise in both the years of 2011 and 2012. However, Greg Goodnight, the mayor of Kokomo said this is not the case.
“It was not. We’re obviously disappointed that they have chosen to bring this up now at this time. Obviously I think it’s a little suspect considering it is an election year, but there was never a discussion about temporary postponing, those words that would even remotely indicate that it was a temporary give back, it’s not true.”
Furthermore, Goodnight said that the firefighters union originally voluntarily relinquished their offer of a pay raise in a “goodwill gesture” towards the city.
“It was passed on three readings in the city council to accept their changes.”
Both Jim Brannon, City Controller and President of Public Works & Safety as well as Patrick O’Neill, the fire chief of the Kokomo Fire Department could not be reached for comment.