Mission, BC— A new collective agreement has been reached between the District of Mission and the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 4768.
During this process, the municipality and IAFF were able to negotiate a four-year settlement that is retroactive to the start of 2020 and runs to the end of 2023.
Highlights from this will see Mission firefighters receiving a wage increase of 2.5% for the first three years, with a comparable increase to other municipalities in year four and allowances for the District to control costs during a time where the region is seeing considerable growth and pressure across all services. There are also minor benefit improvements and an increase in the rate paid for firefighters with over 20 years of service.
The agreement recognizes the valuable role the Fire Service plays in protecting the community. Acting Mayor Mark Davies commented, “Council is committed to providing a safe community for our residents, and our fire services are a key pillar of this. We are fortunate to have a dedicated and professional Fire Inspector and a team of firefighters who continue to provide education, prevention, and response services across our growing municipality.”
The District is pleased the foundation for continuing a harmonious relationship with the Union is in place. Fire Chief Mark Goddard added, “Our career firefighters work very hard to keep this community safe. The IAFF and district management worked equally hard to draft a fair and collaborative agreement that reflects the great relationship and respect we both have for each other.”
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