City and Firefighters come to agreement


For the first time in a few contracts, the City and Sault Ste. Marie Firefighters Association have come to a new contract, without going to arbitration.

The contract will see firefighters paid almost the same amount as police officers in Sault Ste. Marie.

“The City’s negotiating committee and SSMPFA met on several occasions aiming to negotiate a freely bargained agreement on a timeline that would maintain a “current” settlement. Historically, negotiations between the City and SSMPFFA have proceeded to lengthy Interest Arbitration processes, with Awards being finalized long after the end of the negotiated term. We are pleased that our current negotiations with have resulted in a freely bargained agreement,” said the report to council.

The same report spelled out the new terms.

“The Memorandum of Settlement includes a two (2) year term with wage adjustments effective February 1st, 2019 at 1.35% and August 2nd, 2019 at 0.68% and a 2020 wage adjustment equal to that of a First Class Constable, less $100.00 (following receipt of SSMPA’s 2020 settlement award). Other negotiated items include minor benefit enhancements and revisions to the “hours of work clause.”

The final financial impact to the city is $65,099 after all the factors are calculated for 2019. It is anticipated that the impact for the 2020 year, once the Police Services contract is settled, will be similar.

The contract is in front of council for ratification during Monday’s Council meeting, as it is placed in the consent agenda, it should be passed without any issues.

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  1. Firefighters work is labour intensive and comes with high risk of cancer. They deserve pay that is at least equal to the salary of cops. High risk occupation. It’s about time this city show them some respect.

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