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Signing ceremony in NB for new firefighters agreement

Signing of collective bargaining agreement with North Battleford Fire Fighters Association took place at council Monday.
Mayor David Gillan and those involved in collective bargaining negotiations in the North Battleford Fire Fighters Association Local 1756 pose for photos following the signing of the three year deal.

NORTH BATTLEFORD - A new collective bargaining agreement between the city of North Battleford, and the North Battleford Fire Fighters Association Local 1756.

Local 1756 is affiliated with the International Association of Fire Fighters and the Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighters' Association. The new agreement was signed in a ceremony at the North Battleford council meeting Monday night at Chapel Gallery. 

The documents were signed by Mayor David Gillan and representatives from the firefighters union.

The collective agreement covers the period Jan. 1 2023 to Dec. 31, 2025. The two sides came to an agreement following what was described as a quick negotiation. 

Director of Protective Services and Fire Chief Lindsay Holm called it “one of the fastest negotiations I’ve ever been a part of and probably one of the most respectful processes I’ve seen in a long long time.”

The new agreement includes pay raises for firefighters. For a first-class firefighter after four years the monthly salary goes from $7,418.04 in Jan. 2023 to $8,061.81 in July 2025. For a first class firefighter after ten years, it goes up from $7,788.94 to $8,464.90. For a probation firefighter after six months, the pay goes up from $5,563.53 to $6,046.36.

Council had approved the terms of the agreement at their previous March 13 council meeting.