City and Guelph Professional Firefighters’ Association file for conciliation

Guelph, ON, May 12, 2015 – After seven negotiation meetings between the City of Guelph and the Guelph Professional Firefighters’ Association (GPFFA), both parties are seeking assistance from a Ministry of Labour-appointed conciliator.

Two more negotiation meetings are scheduled for June 9 and 10. Conciliation is a next step in the collective bargaining process when a union or employer requests assistance from the Ministry of Labour to help the parties reach a freely-negotiated collective agreement.

The City is hoping a Ministry-appointed conciliator will help the two parties come to terms and avoid going to arbitration.

“The current proposal from the GPFFA exceeds Council’s mandate. With the help of a conciliator we are hoping to reach a more affordable settlement that provides equitable and competitive compensation for Guelph firefighters, and is reasonable for Guelph citizens,” says David Godwaldt, Guelph’s general manager of Human Resources.

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For more information

David Godwaldt, General Manager
Human Resources
519-822-1260 extension 2848