The London Professional Fire Fighters Association
Press Release – The London Professional Fire Fighters Association are pleased to announce that our membership has voted in favour of ratifying the Memorandum of Agreement between The London Professional Fire Fighters Association and The Corporation of the City of London by 91%.
CITY OF LONDON AND LONDON PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION RATIFY COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT
London, Ontario – The Corporation of the City of London and the London Professional Fire Fighters Association have ratified a collective agreement. This 9 year agreement, which is retroactive to January 1, 2011 and expires on December 31, 2019 represents a balance between what was important to the Corporation and the Association.
“We are pleased to have a made-in-London, long term collective agreement in place with our fire fighters. This agreement provides the Corporation with much needed certainty in a changing landscape of police and fire settlements and provides wage and benefit improvements for our fire fighters,” said Mayor Matt Brown, City of London. “The City has met our goals in addressing financial sustainability, operational flexibility and certainty through this collective agreement.”
The 9 year agreement includes;
- Wage increases for each of the 9 years with an overall averaged annualized increase of 2.4%,
- Benefit improvements balanced with some benefit reductions,
- Exclusion of Platoons Chiefs from the bargaining unit,
- Contracting Out provisions for certain work,
- Savings from changes to Lieu Days,
- Changes to Promotion Exams for Department Heads, and
- Reduction in overtime benefits for some employees.
“The LPFFA worked hard to achieve an agreement that included both wage and benefit improvements. Both sides advanced matters that were important to them in this round of bargaining, and the agreement reflects that.” said Jason Timlick, President LPFFA. “The men and women of the LPFFA are dedicated to the job we do and the important role we play in keeping Londoners safe.”
“This settlement reflects the extremely hard work on each side and the result is good for our fire fighters and for the London Fire Department,” said Chief John Kobarda, London Fire Department. “I am proud of all of our fire fighters and Department staff and the work we do day in and day out providing the best fire services to our residents and businesses.”
The arbitration process between the Corporation and the Association began in 2012. “We would like to thank the bargaining committees for both the Corporation and the Association for their hard work and dedication over the last five years”, said Mayor Matt Brown.