Initially, the city entered into a collective agreement with the firefighters. Arbitration was not necessary, the parties showed give and receive and came with an agreement that both ratified. In a letter from the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg to Mayor, City Councillors and WFPS Chief John Lane, the union states that due to a missed deadline for submitting proposals on October 1, only UFFW proposals will be discussed during collective bargaining. The City Council voted to renegotiate this under the collective agreement. “Given that proposals have been exchanged between the parties and there is a negotiating protocol, the city will not speak further,” the spokesman said. “The city hopes that a collective agreement will be negotiated with UFFW.” “We will not discuss the proposals you made on October 14 and we will not submit any counter-proposals. They are not the subject of ongoing collective bargaining,” Forrest wrote. The Executive Policy Committee (CEP) and Council will vote today on the ratification of a negotiated agreement between the City of Winnipeg and the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg Local 867 (UFFW). The City did not meet a two-week deadline set by the collective agreement. Both sides made their proposals on salaries, benefits and other issues, and a month later responded with counter-proposals. Media coverage will not change the fact that there is a collective agreement between the parties that they have voluntarily entered into. This agreement serves the citizens of our city well when it comes to codifying the working rules of this most important public service.

The mayor was quoted as saying that he did not remember seeing the details of the paid leave plan when he voted on the last collective bargaining agreement in 2017. This statement does not deal with the legality of the clause, but serves as an admission that sometimes the Council does not know what it is voting on. It is not known what these discussions might do. The parties have a binding collective agreement until 2020. They may agree to start talks now, but meaningful discussions will not take place until 2020, when the current agreement will be concluded. So what`s going on? I think there are three main features of this story. “They will not take into account the city`s proposals. Negotiations are continuing, but only on the union`s proposals.

And if an agreement can be reached before December 31st, that`s great. And if that is not possible, they [UFFW] have indicated their intention to ask the minister to appoint an arbitration body. Other changes are being made: – Integration of Manitoba`s Personal Injury Protection Plan (PIPP) Benefits in the event of sick leave, so that workers cannot receive full sickness benefits while receiving PIPP benefits. Changes in the language associated with Fire Fighter- PCP, so that firefighters who were hired after being hired as Fire Fighter-PCP after the ratification of the collective agreement or who were appointed after hiring must commit to maintaining their PCP status for at least nine years. Changing the qualifications of fire investigators to improve the department`s expertise and require fire investigators to engage as such for at least three years. At the discretion of WFPS, the ability for new recruits to pay vacation/tour place/holiday time. This will increase the department`s salary costs, but it will also help reduce the cost of overtime by using new recruits to fill staffing gaps rather than possibly paying overtime to the senior Fire Fighter pay share. The total costs and/or savings are not yet fixed and can be assessed for the duration of the agreement. The payment of professional self-regulatory fees should be introduced into medical self-regulation in Manitoba. Other jurisdictions with similar fees have been visited and the estimated costs are based on royalties in these other jurisdictions.