[Correction 7/5: Whoops! The link provided goes to Aurora, CO, not to Aurora, IL, which is IAFF Local 99. Many thanks to the reader who let me know.]
Check out p. 60 of the DeKalb firefighters’ contract with the city. It’s the appendix showing the base pay agreement for the latter half of 2010, the one labeled “4% General Increases For All Classifications”.
Step A to Step B is not part of the 4% “general” increase. For example:
Firefighter/Paramedic Step A annual salary: $54,682.78
Firefighter/Paramedic Step B annual salary: $67,332.91
This is an increase of more than 23%.
In a related development, I’m creating my own chart of firefighter/paramedic base pay salary comparisons, but have gotten stuck on Aurora, which has a breakdown into several more firefighter pay grades than other municipalities do. If a knowledgeable someone could take a gander at p. 18 and let me know which one fits best, I’d be grateful. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.