15 Year Rate: 106% of the 4th year F/F rate with conditions:
Hazmat Materials Technician Level incl. Officers after 4 months.
Overtime pay "for the time worked" removing language of before/after/2 hours etc.
2.33 Pension (Group 5)
Joint Union/Mgmt Fitness/Wellness Program
$50,000 Annual Budget
Bargaining Update – May 6, 2011 (Surrey)
Today we received the arbitrated settlement from the City of Surrey. The Local 1271 Surrey Fire Fighter’s Union brought forward 4 issues to arbitration:
1. 10th year rate to 103%
2. Platoon Captain rate at 132%
3. Two platoon system in their CA - Hours of work
4. Wage proposal
Out of the 4 items noted, the only issue that got awarded to them was the addition of the two platoon system, or hours of work, written into their Collective Agreement, complete with a layout of the shift schedule. This has been in our Collective Agreement since 1969 (Schedule “B”).
As for the Wages, the arbitrator awarded a 2 year deal, at 3% (1.5 Jan + 1.5 July) on year 1 (2010) and 2.5% (1.25 Jan + 1.25 July) on year 2 (2011). Please be clear that the Richmond Fire Fighter’s Association and the BCPFFA believe that this arbitrated decision is a wrong one and not based on the actual evidence presented during this hearing, instead succumbing to the hysteria presented by employer groups about the state of the economy and Fire Fighter wages needing to be brought into line with other City workers.
That being said, we would like you to know that the Richmond Fire Fighter’s Association will be proceeding forward with our bargaining and following our initial proposal and tactics. We have been quite successful in the first few days with getting much of the housekeeping language and committee work signed off. We have 12-15 more days scheduled into May and June and will be working hard to freely negotiate a strong settlement between the two parties, as our wage proposal will not waiver when it comes time to present it. We will be getting all of the non-monetary items signed off first, followed by monetary.
As more details come to light in the future, I will update you accordingly.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact one of the Executive members.