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Fire negotiations across Ontario

The City of Guelph and the Guelph Professional Firefighters Association (GPFFA) are heading to interest arbitration in the fall.  This follows 16 months of collective bargaining and 11 meetings, many of which included the provincially appointed conciliation officer, where we were unable to achieve a negotiated collective agreement. Guelph is not alone.  Across the province there are a number of municipalities that are in interest arbitration with local fire unions.  This is the result of many factors, the most prominent being the rapidly escalating cost of emergency services. Ontario’s emergency services workers, firefighters and police, are paid more, can retire earlier and receive more workplace and retirement benefits than other public sector employees. The substantial inequity in compensation between employee groups paid by the same municipal employer ends… Continue reading Fire negotiations across Ontario

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

City and firefighters’ union head to arbitration

Provincially-appointed conciliator issues “no board” report Guelph, ON, June 26, 2015 – Last night the City and the union representing Guelph’s 165 firefighters—the Guelph Professional Firefighters’ Association (GPFFA)—received a “no board” report from the Ministry of Labour conciliator. The report states the conciliator is unable to reach a negotiated agreement between the City and the GPFFA. The next step is to move forward through the interest arbitration process to reach a resolution. “Council is disappointed that a freely negotiated contract was not reached,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “Council’s mandate was clear, and we felt the mandate was fair to both firefighters and taxpayers. We cannot accept the current proposals from the GPFFA under any circumstances.” The GPFFA’s proposals include benefits exceeding those in all eight… Continue reading City and firefighters’ union head to arbitration

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… Continue reading City and Guelph Professional Firefighters’ Association file for conciliation

City and firefighters continue negotiations May 12

Guelph, ON, May 11, 2015—The City of Guelph and the Guelph Professional Firefighters’ Association (GPFFA) met today, and will continue contract negotiations tomorrow. Negotiations began on Friday, February 27. The bargaining teams have exchanged proposals and participated in negotiation meetings on March 5, 6, 10, and 11. “Guelph firefighters deserve to be paid well for performing services that help keep our community safe,” said David Godwaldt, the City’s general manager of human resources. “We’re working toward an agreement that is fair for Guelph firefighters, is consistent with settlements with other unionized employee groups and considers the impact on taxes, other city services and the community as a whole.” Guelph Fire and Emergency Services will not be affected or disrupted during contract negotiations. Updates and related media… Continue reading City and firefighters continue negotiations May 12

City and firefighters begin contract negotiations February 27

Guelph, ON, February 23, 2015 – The City of Guelph and the Guelph Professional Firefighters’ Association (GPFFA) are set to begin contract negotiations on Friday, February 27.  Further bargaining meetings are scheduled for March 5, 6, 10, 11, 31 and April 4. During this evening’s City Council meeting, Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie issued the following statement: “Earlier this evening, Council provided direction to staff with a mandate to commence collective bargaining with the Guelph Professional Firefighters’ Association. Council was clear in its direction. We hope and expect to negotiate a contract that is fair to our employees whose work we value every day in helping to keep our community safe; a contract that is also fair, reasonable and affordable for our citizens and recognizes the… Continue reading City and firefighters begin contract negotiations February 27

Mayor’s Statement: negotiating with Guelph firefighters’ union

During this evening’s City Council meeting, Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie issued the following statement: “Earlier this evening, Council provided direction to staff with a mandate to commence collective bargaining with the Guelph Professional Firefighters’ Association. Council was clear in its direction. We hope and expect to negotiate a contract that is fair to our employees whose work we value every day in helping to keep our community safe; a contract that is also fair, reasonable and affordable for our citizens and recognizes the City’s capacity to pay. Council believes firefighters should be paid well for the work they do, and expects the negotiated settlement to be aligned with other City of Guelph union groups’ settlements. Staff will be reporting back to Council regarding the status… Continue reading Mayor’s Statement: negotiating with Guelph firefighters’ union

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

City and GPFFA reach tentative agreement

Guelph, On, April 15, 2014 – This afternoon the City and the Guelph Professional Firefighters Association (GPFFA) reached a tentative two-year, collective agreement. Details of the agreement, to be dated January 2013 to December 2014, will be released after it is ratified by GPFFA members and City Council. “The City was committed throughout the negotiations to reach a settlement that is fair to Guelph’s firefighters and Guelph taxpayers,” said Mark Amorosi, the City’s executive director of Corporate and Human Resources. “We’re pleased to amicably reach this milestone in the collective bargaining process.” “The GPFFA is pleased to announce we have reached a tentative agreement with the City,” said Colin Hunter, the president of the Guelph Professional Firefighters Association. “We believe this deal is fair to… Continue reading City and GPFFA reach tentative agreement

Statement from The City of Guelph: Collective bargaining between the City and GPFFA update

Guelph, ON, April 26 — The City and the Guelph Professional Fire Fighters Association (GPFFA) bargaining teams have met nine times in an effort to achieve a freely negotiated collective agreement that respects both the job Guelph firefighters do and Guelph taxpayers. It was the City’s hope that it would achieve a freely negotiated collective agreement however the proposals put forth by the GPFFA and the associated costs are—in the City’s view—unaffordable and excessive. The proposals are not in keeping with the City’s commitment to fairness and respect for City employees and Guelph taxpayers, therefore the City and GPFFA were unable to achieve an agreement. In the City’s view, the GPFFA’s proposals—if agreed to—would provide firefighters greater benefits than any other employee group in the… Continue reading Statement from The City of Guelph: Collective bargaining between the City and GPFFA update