It’s been a four year battle between the firefighter’s union and the City of Burnaby.
Now, an arbitrator has awarded firefighters with a four year contract with a 2.5% cent increase each year until 2015.
The union was without a contract since 2011, making the deal retroactive.
President of the International Association of Firefighters Jeff Clark says the deal could have been sealed 18 months ago before it went to arbitration in July.
“That’s the frustration. We got an expired contract but we understand. We’re satisfied with what he gave us because that’s what we asked for.”
Firefighters can breathe a little for now, but it’s back to the drawing board again.
Clark says it’s time to bargain a new deal through 2019.
CKNW has reached out to Burnaby’s Mayor for comment, and have yet to hear back.