The Daily Paper and others reported last week that Boise City and the firefighters union had settled on a labor contract.
Those agreements are conducted in secret and the citizens are just asked to pay the bill. That’s the way it is and there are good points and bad with such a system. However, we thought it worthwhile to share the wage and benefit details with GUARDIAN readers.
A rookie firefighter starts out at $40,752 a year and tops out at $59,172. A captain–the “crew boss” on a three person fire engine–makes $66,072 and the battalion chiefs who are shift commanders of about 7 stations make $73,044. There are only two or three firefighter ranks–chief and deputy chief–that are not union positions.
If the GUARDIAN could give the chief its two cents worth just twice, he would make an even $100, 000. As it is, he checks in with an annual salary of $99,999.96.
The attached charts were provided by Team Dave staffers at the mayor’s office. They show benefits packages of the Fire, Police, and general city employees–who pretty much have to all use the same doctors, hospitals and pharmacies available in Boise.
We are all aware the cops and firemen are heroes and city workers are underpaid.
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