DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: A new four-year collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified between the township and the Scugog Professional Firefighters Association on Monday, June 1.
The agreement - which was first ratified by the IAFF Local 4679 on Tuesday, May 19 - in-cludes changes to language on the promotional process, retroactive wage increases and increased benefits for the four full time Scugog fire fighters that the union represents.
"Our members play a critical role in keeping Scugog safe,” SPFFA president Clint Walker said in a press re-lease. “We are pleased that Council recognized this with a collective agreement that includes clearer language and wage and benefit improvements.”
Mayor Tom Rowett said in the same release that he was extremely happy with this deal, and noted that the municipality had been able to complete its negotiations with the union at the local level, avoiding the provincial arbitration process.
“This agreement respects the important role of our fire fighters and provides for labour stability,” said Mayor Rowett. “In terms of the wage increases, we were in a position where there was a significant wage gap with other comparative fire departments. Had we not negotiated this agreement, we would have found ourselves in the costly hands of the provincial arbitration process with similar results.”
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