On March 27, the Legal and Finance committee unanimously approved to raise the salary of Rapid City fire fighters by 18%, Rapid City Journal reports. The change will start on January 1, 2017, and will increase the starting wage from $38,000 to $45,000.
The fire department adjusted for this increase by capping the step-raise union members receive at 25 years, rather than 36 years. This was approved as part of the new contract between the union and Rapid City, and will not be renegotiated on until December 31, 2022. The cost-of-living wage increase members receive will not be changed.
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