Langley Township firefighters sign new contract


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 Township’s career firefighters receive a three per cent wage increase per year, for a total of six per cent.

“I 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,” 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.

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