Firefighters win wage hike in new agreement with City of Nanaimo

NANAIMO – City council and firefighters' union ratify a new collective agreement.

Nanaimo’s unionized fire rescue employees will see a wage hike this year.

Nanaimo city council has inked a new collective agreement with the International Association of Firefighters Local 905 that includes four retroactive wage increases of 2.5 per cent, dating back to Jan. 1, 2012.

According to a city press release, the settlement is an extension of a 2010-11 collective agreement and expires Dec. 31, 2015.

“The membership of IAFF Local 905 are pleased to have reached this agreement with the city and ratification by both parties,” said Mike Rispin, president of IAFF Local 905. “This is a step towards building a strong relationship with the city and providing a solid foundation for our members moving forward after being without a contract for many years.”

The city and union are committed to starting the next round of collective bargaining this fall.