« This agreement is a need for improvement 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, » city negotiator Stu Leatherdale said in a press release. 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. 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. Firefighters have been out of contract since late 2012, but on Monday, June 15, the local firefighters` union and the city of Kelowna ratified an agreement that gave firefighters an annual increase of 2.5%. The agreement is retroactive to January 1, 2013 and expires on December 31, 2019. KELOWNA – Kelowna firefighters and administrators will benefit from a series of increases following the signing of a new collective agreement with the City of Kelowna. Shipping and administrative staff received an annual increase of 1.25 over the same period. 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.