A collective agreement has been reached between Langley Township and its career firefighters.
The settlement was finalized on Oct. 27, when a new collective agreement was ratified by the Township council.
A tentative agreement had been reached by the negotiating teams on Oct. 24 and was ratified by Local 4550 of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) on Oct. 26.
The two-year agreement is for the years 2010 and 2011, and will see the Townshipâ€™s career firefighters receive a three per cent wage increase per year, for a total of six per cent.
â€œI am pleased that both parties came to an agreement for the 2010/2011 contract and even more pleased that the local has agreed to accept our offer to start negotiating the 2012 agreement this week,â€ said Township fire chief Stephen Gamble. Negotiations were scheduled to start on Wednesday, Oct 29 for the next phase of the contract.
The 2010/11 agreement features an increase in the extended health benefit annual deductible from $100 to $125, eliminates one vacation day and includes the Family Day statutory holiday, and establishes a Promotional Procedures and Training Committee.