News : Collective Agreement Reached for Lethbridge Fire/EMS and Call Centre Communications Staff
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, Oct, 2018 -- After two years of negotiations, City Council has now ratified a new, four-year collective agreement with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 237.
The agreement gives wage increases of 2.3 per cent retroactive to Jan 1. 2017, and two per cent increases per year in 2018, 2019 and 2020. IAFF members ratified the agreement on Sept. 18. Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman says he's happy they're 'ahead of the game.'
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"I commend the parties on both sides for being constructive during collective agreement negotiations and coming up with an agreement that provides stability for four years. These are our first responders and our fire fighters and it's great for the community and our city that we have an agreement in place."
There are 209 members affected. Also included in the agreement according to Spearman is an allowance for training, a reduction on the starting rate for communications centre staff, and an effort to use more gender-neutral language in the collective agreement, making it more inclusive for female staff.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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