04 Dic Calgary Fire Department Collective Agreement
“Right now, we are working with the firefighters` union on the terms of a new collective agreement,” citizen services spokeswoman Suzette Mellado said in a statement confirming the contracts in 2017 and 2018. “The province has agreements for 2017 and 2018, and many of our agreements are working on 2019 and beyond.” The Notley government has tried to get agreements with provincial unions with the least possible increase, citing difficult economic conditions. “A freely negotiated collective agreement is the exception rather than the norm within the province, so we are really proud of our union team and our administration for being able to withdraw this,” Rogers said, adding that the City had never had to resort to arbitration to reach an agreement. Fire Chief Walter Gahler said he was pleased with the agreement. “We believe this agreement is a fair matter for both the employer and our firefighters,” Rogers said. “They are not the highest paid in the province, but it reflects the size of our community.” The contract also changed the amount of money paid if a firefighter dies in line of duty. Mayor John Borrowman thanked the administration for reaching a three-year agreement without having to resort to arbitration. Knack also expressed doubts about what has been resolved with the police and fires that will affect the four other major citizens` unions that represent within (CSU-52) and external workers (CUPE Local 30), Transit (ATU-569) and electrical workers (IBEW-1007). “I think I speak for the community when I talk about the trust we have in our firefighters who are delivered here, and part of the reason we can count on the fire and rescue services is that there is a good and strong relationship between the front staff, the administration and the union.” Mr. Borrowman said. “We didn`t agree, but we weren`t dissatisfied and that`s something I`m really trying to infuse with everything we do.
It is normal to disagree, and you should often do so, but do not be disagreeable, and both sides have really been able to maintain that level of discourse, and we have been able to find common ground on all points to reach this negotiated agreement of which we are very satisfied. The City confirmed that it had entered into collective agreements with a couple of its unions. The Edmonton Police Association has a three-year contract for the end of 2018-20, while the Edmonton Fire Fighters` Union has a retroactive contract for 2017 and 2018. The trial period for new firefighters has also been increased from 540 to 12 months, with a possible six-month extension. “Negotiations began in January 2018 and after a series of formal meetings and several informal discussions, we agreed with the union on April 3,” Rogers said. CANMORE – Top firefighters in Canmore will earn $100,792 in 2018 under a new three-year agreement approved by Council on May 7. However, conditions have not been announced, sources told Global News the wage increases in the firefighters` agreement are in the two per per cent to three per cent range each year, while increases or police are in the 1.5 per cent ballpark each year with additional benefits. As part of the contract, new criteria have been created to define an unqualified firefighter and a qualified firefighter, so that the city can pay bonuses when a firefighter is required to act as a captain to cover training, sick leave or leave. Rates are for first-class firefighters to increase their salaries by 2.2% in 2018 and by an additional 2% in 2019 and 2020.