The Oswego Fire Department now has a contract following two years without one, and 16 layoffs.
The city council unanimously approved the contract presented by Mayor Billy Barlow Monday night.
It has already been ratified by union members.
When facing the layoffs in 2016, the fire union asked for a 10 percent raise. Though they aren’t getting that, the department is getting a six-year contract with two years of back pay and up to a 4.75 percent raise.
“I know from the city’s side and personally I’m relieved to get to this point. I couldn't even walk over to the fire department after the layoffs, and I didn’t like that feeling of the animosity, so I’m excited to get past that," said Barlow.
Barlow says since leadership at the department has changed, there has been a decline in overtime.