The Corporation of the City of London and the London Professional Fire Fighters Association announced today that they have ratified a collective agreement. This 5-year agreement comes into effect on January 1, 2020 and ends December 31, 2024.
“We are pleased to reach this collective agreement with our firefighters,” said Deputy Mayor Jesse Helmer. “On behalf of Council and the community, I want to extend thanks to the bargaining committees for the Corporation and for the Association for their hard work. Through your efforts, the City has been able to negotiate a renewed collective agreement that provides cost certainty for residents and taxpayers, and stability for the employees and the Corporation.”
The 5-year agreement includes:
- Wage increases for each of the 5 years, with an average annualized increase of 1.81%, including all wage and benefit improvements.
- Benefit improvements that include vision and psychological services, as well as a new health care spending account for retirees aged 65 to 75.
- A more competitive promotional process for District Chiefs, and a clarification of the qualification process for promotions.
- Cost containment measures including new salary rates for probationary firefighters.
“The LPFFA worked with the Corporation cooperatively to achieve an agreement that provided both wage and benefit improvements, while striking a balance for taxpayers. The members of the LPFFA are dedicated professionals that work 24/7 protecting the City of London. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the City, and to leading the Province in providing progressive Fire and Emergency Services for our community,” said Jason Timlick, President LPFFA.
“This agreement reflects the hard work and commitment demonstrated by both sides of the bargaining table. The result is good for members of the LPFFA, for the London Fire Department, and for the community,” said Chief Lori Hamer, London Fire Department. “I am proud of everyone who works day in and day out to provide the best fire services to our residents and businesses.”