City of Revelstoke, firefighters sign new contract

A new agreement has been reached between the City of Revelstoke and its professional firefighters.

  • Jun. 25, 2015 1:00 p.m.
The City of Revelstoke has reached a new labour agreement with its professional firefighters.

The City of Revelstoke has reached a new labour agreement with its professional firefighters.

A new agreement has been reached between the City of Revelstoke and its professional firefighters.

The city and the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 1746 announced the new contract Thursday morning.

“Mayor and council place a high value on the professional services of the firefighters in Revelstoke and we are pleased to see the collaborative effort displayed by management and the IAFF that was essential in completing this agreement,” said Mayor Mark McKee in a news release.

The lengthy contract is retroactive to 2012 and lasts until 2019. It calls for minor benefit improvements and increased flexibility for the city to schedule staff. It also includes language promoting health, fitness, and training standards, says a city news release.

The contract does not set out wage increases. Those are determined by provincial negotiations and will be based on settlements at larger fire departments.

“We are pleased with this long term agreement that provides fair wages and benefit improvements for our members,” said Dan Hutchison, the IAFF local president. “We would like to thank Mayor McKee and council for their support in ratifying this agreement.”