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City and Guelph firefighters’ union go to mediation

Guelph, Ont., January 22, 2016 – The City and the Guelph Professional Firefighters’ Association (GPFFA) will take part in mediated contract negotiations on January 26. The Ministry of Labour’s (MOL) mediation process follows conciliation and precedes interest arbitration. The MOL mediator will work with both the City and GPFFA in an effort to move collective bargaining forward to reach a freely negotiated contract. “Although our participation in the arbitration process is imminent, we remain optimistic that a contract that’s fair to our firefighters and affordable for our community can be reached outside of arbitration,” said David Godwaldt, the City’s general manager of Human Resources. “One day of mediated discussion could make the difference.” The interest arbitration date previously set for March 10 will change due to a scheduling… Continue reading City and Guelph firefighters’ union go to mediation

Arbitration dates set for City and Guelph firefighters’ contract negotiations

Guelph, Ont., November 19 – The City and the Guelph Professional Firefighters’ Association (GPFFA) will resume contract discussions through interest arbitration next year. The two arbitration dates—March 10 and October 18, 2016—and the arbitration chair, Mr. Jim Hayes, have now been agreed to by both parties. “Arbitration is necessary at this point since the City and the GPFFA are unable to agree on what’s affordable for our community and fair to our firefighters,” said the City’s Chief Administrative Officer Ann Pappert. “A mutually agreed to contract is always our preference, and we remain available to meet and negotiate with the GPFFA until arbitration starts.” In June, the City announced the negotiations were at an impasse at the end of the conciliation process and arbitration is… Continue reading Arbitration dates set for City and Guelph firefighters’ contract negotiations

Council ratifies agreement with GPFFA

GUELPH, ON, April 28 –This evening, Guelph City Council voted unanimously to ratify a new collective agreement for the Guelph Professional Firefighters Association’s (GPFFA) City employees. Members of the GPFFA ratified the agreement after a vote last week. “We appreciate the dedication and hard work of Guelph’s firefighters and are very pleased to ratify an agreement that is reasonable to these employees and Guelph taxpayers,” said Mayor Farbridge. Over the two-year agreement, January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014, GPFFA members will receive the following wage increases: January 1, 2013 – 1 per cent July 1, 2013 – 1 per cent Dec 1, 2013 – 0.75 per cent January 1, 2014 – 1.5 per cent July 1, 2014 – 1 per cent December 1, 2014… Continue reading Council ratifies agreement with GPFFA

Province appoints conciliator for City and ATU negotiations

Conciliator to assist with talks between City and ATU Local 1189 Guelph, On, April 23, 2014–The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) has appointed a conciliator, Greg Long, to assist with resolving outstanding labour bargaining matters between the City and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189. The negotiations are scheduled to resume May 13. “We look forward to sitting down again with the ATU, with the help of a conciliator, and continuing negotiations to reach a mutually beneficial agreement,” said David Godwaldt, the City’s general manager of Human Resources. “We’re committed to negotiating a fair contract that balances competitive compensation for Guelph Transit employees and long-term affordability for Guelph taxpayers.” The City requested the assistance of a conciliator from the MOL on March 27 to… Continue reading Province appoints conciliator for City and ATU negotiations

City files for conciliation with ATU negotiations

Assistance from provincial conciliator to help move bargaining forward GUELPH, ON, March 27, 2014 – The City has requested the assistance of a provincially appointed conciliator to resolve outstanding bargaining matters with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189 and move the bargaining process forward. Since last fall, the City and ATU have met a total of 14 days to negotiate the terms of a new contract for the City’s 205 Guelph Transit employees. Although the discussions to date have been respectful, they have not achieved the progress the City expects. “Guelph Transit employees play an important role in this organization and provide a vital service to the community”, said David Godwaldt, General Manager of Human Resources. “The City strongly believes in competitively compensating these… Continue reading City files for conciliation with ATU negotiations