Firefighters in Burnaby continue to work without a collective bargaining agreement, four years after their last one expired in 2011.
And members of the department are frustrated with a lack of progress in their negotiations with the City of Burnaby.
President of the Burnaby Firefighters Association Rob Lamoureux says they continue to work with the City to find a deal, and have modelled their offer to those signed in other municipalities.
“The main issue for someone like myself and the rest of the executive, is that there’s 31 freely-negotiated settlements out there, which are virtually identical. The only difference is the term. Some are four years, some are seven, some are eight.”
“We strictly went for terms and wages, based on those two arbitrated settlements, which was four years, 2.5 percent, that’s what we put to the City of Burnaby and they said no, they walked away, walked out.”
They’re hoping to enter into binding arbitration with the city to sign a deal, asking for 2 and half percent a year wage increase and at a term similar to the other agreements.