After a 4-1 vote Tuesday evening, the village council approved a new contract for Forest Park firefighters, who unanimously agreed to a pay freeze in 2010, “understanding that times are tough,” said Village Administrator Tim Gillian.

The two-year agreement between the village and the Forest Park Fire Fighters Association Local 2753 also calls for a 1 percent wage increase beginning April 30, 2011, followed by a 2 percent pay raise starting the next day.

“Instead of getting our raise May 30 of this year, we are helping out the village by pushing it back,” said Tim Conrad, president of the union, which represents 21 firefighters.

Commissioner Martin Tellalian was the sole member of the board who voted against the contract, noting raises that were given to nonunion staff members a few months ago.

The starting salary for Local 2753 members is currently $49,000 for a first-year firefighter and $87,000 for a lieutenant.

The collective bargaining agreement will cover May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2012.

Please see the Oct. 20 issue of the Review for more details.

-Katie Drews