The agreement ratified between Kelowna City Council and Local 953 of the International Association of Firefighters is intended to allow for annual wage increases and sustainable work stability. “We welcome this long-term agreement that allows our members to fairly improve their salaries and performance,” said Dennis Miller, President of IAFF Local 953. Our managers are responsible for negotiating wages, benefits and all other conditions related to the collective agreement between the Union and the city, as well as ensuring safe employment and safe working conditions for membership. The City of Kelowna and local firefighters signed a new seven-year collective agreement on Monday. “This agreement provides for improvements for our employees who have been without agreement since 2012 and we have also reached agreement on a new contractual language that will help the city significantly reduce the cost of overtime and shipping services,” said Kelowna City Negotiator Stu Leatherdale, Divisional Director of Human Resources and Corporate Performance. The seven-year contracts cover the period from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2019. The contract provides for an annual increase of 2.5% in fire, training and extinguishing personnel and an annual increase of 1.25 per cent for new seconded and administrative workers. The Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Association is a proud member of the International Association of Fire Fighters. We represent 104 fire protection personnel, 5 fire protection personnel, 2 training officers, 2 clerics and 1 administrative staff. Below are some examples in which our association is involved. Our association has always been politically active in promoting all levels of government in favour of legislation that protects and improves the safety and working conditions of our members and the public we serve.
These include problems as diverse as hazardous substance tracking systems (known as Operation Respond) and Haz Mat training; Changes to the Canadian Airports Regulations to improve the response to air disasters; Cancer and heart legislation (our members have a ratio of almost 2:1 to obtain these diseases in relation to the general population); W.C.B. rules for the protective equipment we wear; and strengthen our role as a first responder through training and regulatory changes in a multi-position pre-hospital care system.