March 27, 2014
IAFF and City of Kamloops Reach Collective Agreement
Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops and their firefighters, IAFF Local 913, have agreed to a Collective Agreement. The previous agreement expired in December 2010. This new four-year agreement will take both parties to the end of 2014, and will provide for a 1.25% increase effective January 1, 2011; 1.25% effective July 1, 2011; and 0.5% effective January 1, 2013. The wage increases for 2012, 2013, and 2014 shall be the average of the percentage increase agreed to by the majority of 15 Lower Mainland municipality IAFF Firefighter Agreements. There were a number of operational efficiencies and improvements negotiated in the Collective Agreement that helped to reduce contract costs. These negotiations included no benefit enhancements, an increase in the number of flex firefighters allowing for greater flexibility in job responsibilities and an improved uniform replacement system.
The City of Kamloops and IAFF Local 913 were scheduled to proceed to arbitration in April to settle what would have likely been a one- or two-year term, which would have resulted in a Collective Agreement that would have remained two or more years in arrears.
Kamloops Fire Chief Dale McLean says, “I am very pleased that we were able to reach a settlement with our firefighters. This is a direct result of the positive working relationship established between Labour and Management. Everyone within Kamloops Fire Rescue has common goals and objectives in providing the best service possible. The negotiations and Collective Agreement outcomes clearly illustrate this commitment.”
Kris Krutop, IAFF Local 913 President, stated, “We are encouraged by Administration’s willingness to discuss our business objectively. This agreement is a result of working in a collaborative fashion focusing on efficiencies and operational improvements to our service delivery. It was important to everyone that our service be as efficient as possible. Both parties worked diligently to analyze our business and to carefully consider the people that we proudly serve."
“We’re pleased that an agreement has been reached and we look forward to a continued positive relationship providing excellent fire services in our community,” commented Mayor Peter Milobar.
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Kris Krutop, IAFF Local 913 President
City of Kamloops