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City, firefighters agree on three-year contract

Deal must still be approved by council

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City hall has negotiated a three-year contract with its firefighters that will give them annual wage increases of 3 per cent.

Details of the agreement are contained in an administrative report to Wednesday’s executive policy committee meeting.

The deal must still be approved by council.

Union president Alex Forrest said firefighters have met and ratified the agreement.

The city’s contract with the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg expired Dec. 26, 2013. Bargaining proposals were exchanged in October and negotiations began in early December.

The new contract expires Dec. 24, 2016.

The contract also includes upgrades in benefits for the firefighters.

The agreement also allows the city to employ temporary firefighters during the course of the contract.

The administrative report states that there are sufficient funds in the city’s 2014 operating budget to cover the wage increases for 2014 but notes that budget estimates for 2015 and 2016 are inadequate to meet the negotiated wage increases.

The report notes that civic paramedics received an arbitrated settlement that provided a wage increase of 3.75 per cent in 2013.

Firefighters in Regina recently negotiated a three-year agreement that provides them with increase of 3.1 per cent in 2013, 3.1 per cent in 2014 and 3 per cent in 2015.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM CST: Adds union president Alex Forrest said firefighters have met and ratified the agreement.

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