Kearney Volunteer Firefighters ratify their first collective agreement

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September 21, 2016

Volunteer Firefighters with the Town of Kearney ratified their first collective agreement in July 2016.

The contract includes strong grievance and arbitration language, as well as standard language establishing Steward representation, seniority, and job postings.

The pay structure improves from the previous unreliable employer-decided points system to an hourly wage. Members receive a Standard boot allowance of $75, as needed, and Drivers receive up to $100 toward license renewals. Language also provides for increased regular and dress uniform items and a meal allowance of $50 per day when the Volunteers attend training.

Union Negotiating Committee: Jim McGilchrist, Justine McKean, and Union Rep Tony Nigro.