Firefighters to Receive Wage Increase

Firefighters to Receive Wage Increase

The city of Beaupre and its firefighters have agreed on the terms of a new collective agreement, which will last until 31 December 2019, ensuring wage increases ranging from 2.5% to 3.5% depending on the year.

“We had conditions that are similar to those of blue collar workers. This is partly why we signed up for the longterm, “says Lieutenant Yves Blouin, chairman of the Department of Fire Safety in Beaupré, who also serves in the Saint Joachim and the Saint-Tite-des-Caps union. He added that the aim was also not return to negotiations over a period of time up so that there would be no “added value” in the current agreement.

The agreement is retroactive to January 1, 2012, the year for which the retroactive 2% of the salary plan would cost $ 2,000 to the city. For this year, salaries will be increased to 2.5%, while for the period from 2014 to 2017 would be 3% annually. 2018 and 2019 increases would be a minimum of 2.5% and a maximum of 3.5%, depending on the index of consumer prices in the region.

Firefighters will achieve between 33 and 63 hours of practice and will receive an hourly wage of $14 an hour for more specialized training from 2014 onwards. A response protocol will be established by the city to avoid systematically calling all firefighters during a fire or an intervention. “The agreement meets and exceeds the risk coverage plan adopted by the MRC,” said Mayor Michael Paré.

A single clause in Quebec

Currently vacant, the captain position was abolished to make way for senior positions. There will be a single wage rate in 2017. This rate will vary if firefighters are currently serving or if they are taking part in fire prevention.

A single clause in Quebec provides that negotiations begin within the next nine months before the expiry of the agreement, eliminating wage clauses of retroactivity. According to Sylvain Côté, union representative of the union of firefighters from Quebec, this approach will facilitate the work of both parties as well as avoid congestion with other negotiations involving fire departments whose policies would also matured. This kind of rule exists in the field of construction. This clause could snowball in Quebec in terms of legislation, says Paré.

The agreement covers fifty firefighters covering an area of ​​193 square kilometers. More than 11,000 people are protected by the service. Negotiations began Sept. 5, 2012.
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