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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