At the end of each month, the work program updates a list of collective agreements from previous years that include 500 or more employees in provincial regions and 100 or more employees in federal jurisdiction. July 2017, the base salary of a first-class firefighter was 97,290 $US. Clack said the increase in base wages is largely due to the fact that they are able to track similar increases in other municipalities. As a result of the negotiations, First Class firefighters will receive a salary of $99,125 as of January 1, 2018 and increase each year. In the fifth year of the agreement, the base salary of a first-rate firefighter increased to $106,809. “There is no intention on our part to reduce the number of firefighters we have, it is not something that is being considered,” Clack said. Clack said the city`s reimbursement to firefighters in retroactive payment was expected and awarded in the 2019 budget. According to Clack, one of the challenges of the last round of negotiations is to be competitive with the increase in salaries of other firefighters across the province. In the decision, the arbitrators cited negotiated comparisons in Cambridge, Mississauga and Barrie. A collective agreement between the city and the Guelph Professional Fire Fighters Association (GPFFA) expired on December 31, 2017.
Since then, both sides have been working to reach a new agreement. On March 18, an interest rate arbitration proceeding between the two parties was concluded. Clack said there were currently no plans to reduce the level of service or the number of firefighters employed by the city. In 2018, firefighters with the Guelph Fire Department also received an additional retroactive payment from the old collective agreement. This retroactive compensation has led to a higher than average end of the usual number of firefighters on the sunshine list of public sector employees, who paid $100,000 or more in 2018. In budget 2019, the city provided $42 million for the Guelph Police Service and $26.5 million for the Guelph Department of Fire. Of the $26.5 million in the firefighters` budget, more than $25 million is spent on salaries, salaries and social benefits. “A lot of things talk about it for decisions that are made elsewhere in the province, and it`s about going beyond Guelph compared to what they see in other jurisdictions,” Clack said. In addition to a salary increase, the City will also provide an account for health expenses after age 65 for workers eligible for retirement. Firefighters between the ages of 65 and 75 are entitled to a maximum of $3,000 per year for their health needs. As part of the city`s argument in the last round of negotiations, arbitrators were told that “services may have to be reduced in light of the decision if current resources and taxes are not increased.” Caption: New addition to the offer. indicates that the compensation is displayed for the first time in the list.
The agreement has been ratified. indicates that a new regime has been ratified. The comparison now employs less than 500 people. points out that the new subdivision now has fewer than 500 employees (province) or less than 100 employees (federal). Nearly a month after lengthy contract negotiations between the Guelph Professional Fire Fighters Association and the City of Guelph, City staff continue to calculate the financial impact of the new contract due to the additional payment and a new retiree health benefit. “It`s just something in the image we wanted to show the Court of Arbitration that there were long-term concerns in communities across the province about the ability to pay. That was part of the argument we made,” Clack said. Instead, Clack said the statement generally talks about the challenges municipalities have in terms of first aid compensation. David Godwaldt, general manager of city of Guelph personnel, said City of Guelph staff are finalizing the costs.
“We expect this to be completed by early next week and we will provide the information as soon as it is