49.4 F
Fort Worth
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Government Council Report: City, firefighters working on collective bargaining agreement

Council Report: City, firefighters working on collective bargaining agreement

Other News

Exxon’s oil slick

Exxon Mobil is slashing its capital spending budget for 2020 by 30% due to weak demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and a market...

Folk music’s Mark Twain: 7 Essential tracks from John Prine,

NEW YORK (AP) — Some people, the songs just come out of them. For nearly half a century, they tumbled out of John Prine...

Tarrant County records another COVID-19 death

Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) on Wednesday, April 8 reported that a resident of Euless has died as the result of the COVID-19 virus....

Tradition stymied: A year unlike any since WWII for Augusta

The Masters is so intertwined with Augusta, they added an extra day to spring break.You see, the first full week of April isn't just...

As negotiations continue between the City of Fort Worth and Firefighters Local 440 concerning terms of a third collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the Fort Worth City Council was given an informal report at Tuesday’s work session.

The current agreement expired this past September, but it also had a one-year evergreen period. However, even the evergreen extension expires this Sept. 30. No across-the-board wage increases can be implemented during the evergreen period.

These negotiations date to May 19, 2017, when Local 440 President, Michael Glynn, delivered a letter to City Manager David Cooke, requesting that the City and the Local 440 begin negotiations for a third Fire Collective Bargaining Agreement. The first bargaining session was in October of 2017, but then traditional CBA negotiations were put on hold until May of 2018 while the groups negotiated the details of the transition of healthcare for active fire fighters and retirees to the Local 440’s Healthcare Plan.

Members of the City’s bargaining team, headed by Assistant City Manager Valerie Washington, have been meeting with the Local 440 representatives over the past 18 months negotiating on topics and matters ranging from across-the-board wages, apparatus staffing, hiring procedures, and promotional processes.

City officials say the negotiations are in the final stages as they work through the following two items: language for the Maintenance of Standards article and articles tied to wages and incentive pays. As the City has fiscally planned for future CBA and Meet and Confer agreements, officials have been forecasting to keep new contract costs limited to a 3 percent net change in the total cost of contract for each labor agreement.

“We are getting very close to getting to the end of our negotiations. We are working through probably two of the toughest issues,” Washington said. “We’ve gotten through and had a lot of collaborative work on this, but we’re down to the end, and we’re negotiating a couple times a week to meet our deadline.”

In order to ensure that the new CBA is in place prior to the end of the evergreen period, plans are to follow this timeline:

*Week of May 27: City and Local 440 to record intent of each CBA change

with a court reporter.

*Week of June 3: Local will hold ratification meetings.

*Tuesday, June 11: Work session presentation providing an overview of the

new CBA for Mayor & Council.

*Tuesday, June 18: Mayor/Council vote on new Fire CBA.


close






Oh hi there 👋
It’s nice to meet you.

Sign up to receive awesome content in your inbox.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Latest News

JRB Fort Worth chosen for main operating base for C-130J aircraft

Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth has been selected as a main operating base for eight C-130J aircraft at the 136th Airlift...

Tarrant County DA’s office changing how it handles misdemeanor marijuna cases

The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office is changing how it handles misdemeanor marijuana cases. The Tarrant County  Criminal District Attorney’s Office on Monday, Nov....

Arlington selects new police chief from Baltimore department

Col. Al Jones, a 25-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department, has been appointed the new police chief of the the City of...

GM flips to California’s side in pollution fight with Trump

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will no longer support the Trump administration in legal efforts to end California’s right to set its...

Fort Worth out of running for Space Command HQ, San Antonio still in

A Texas city could still host the U.S. Space Command headquarters, but it’s not going to be Fort Worth. The U.S. Air Force has narrowed...