Town of Kearney Volunteer Firefighters achieve significant start rate increases in new three-year collective agreement

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March 15, 2023

The Corporation of the Town of Kearney Volunteer Firefighters unanimously ratified a three-year agreement on March 8, 2023. New start rates were achieved that will be retroactive to the date of expiry as follows: Captain from $18.77 to $24.50,  Acting Captain: from $18.77 to $22.50, Firefighter from $16.56 to $21.50. Further wage increases to follow in Year 2 – 1.75% and Year 3 – 1.5%.

Wages will now start to be earned from the time a firefighter receives a call and new language provides that firefighters who complete 100 hours or more of service will receive $100 per year. There will be new job classifications of Junior firefighter, First Responder and Dispatch.

Prescription eyewear coverage will now include glasses that are broken while on duty will have replacement coverage of 75% up to $300. The Town will cover 100% of fees associated with obtaining and maintaining of a valid DZ Driver’s License (was previously $100) and the Boot allowance will increase from $75.00 to $125.00.

Union negotiating committee: David McKean and Justine McKean. Union Representative: Derek Jokhu

Catch up on all the negotiation highlights from across the province here.

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