The terms of the collective agreement apply from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. The Collingwood Professional Fire Fighters` Association, Local 938, I.A.F.F. (CPFFA) represents 27 people in the fire department. Your current contract expires on December 31. The renewed collective agreement will enter into force on January 1, 2020 and expire on December 31, 2023. The provisions of the new agreement also include reimbursement of medical prescription fees for DZ licences and improved paramedic coverage in each of the first three years. Changes are being made to the prevention plan, which includes extended service schedules, fifth graders cover a longer period for new recruitment, and some overtime and leave provisions will be amended to reduce liability to the city. Mayor John Borrowman thanked the administration for reaching a three-year agreement without having to resort to arbitration. “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. Under the new agreement, salaries and staff benefits will be increased by about 1.75 per cent in the first three years and by 1.5 per cent in the final year of the agreement. These effects are taken into account in the respective annual operating budgets. “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.
CANMORE – Top firefighters in Canmore will earn $100,792 in 2018 under a new three-year agreement approved by Council on May 7. Firefighters have been deployed without a treaty since December 31, 2017 and unanimously ratified the agreement on April 15. Rogers stated that the two parties exchanged contract proposals in January 2018 and that the agreement approved by the Council was reached following several productive meetings with the International Association of Firefighters – Local 4705. Fire Chief Walter Gahler said he was pleased with the agreement.