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Havre firefighters labor contract is finalized


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After nearly seven months of contract negotiations, Havre firefighters didn't receive the three-year wage package they wanted, but settled on a one-year contract that gives them a 4 percent salary increase and pays half of their 25 percent health insurance premium increase for one year.

The firefighters union had asked for a 7 to 8 percent wage increase for the 2002-2003 fiscal year and a 6 to 8 percent raise for two ensuing years. The amount would have depended on the employee's rank and job.

Local 601 of the International Association of Firefighters approved the one-year contract Aug. 28...

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