“They were pleased. It’s pretty good money,” said Labor Relations Specialist Jim Steffes. “They narrowed down the days they declare availability. They used to be responsible for all calls even when they were at work for their other job so that counted against them. Now they declare what (12-hour) shift they’re available to respond to tones. And if they miss one run during the week, weekend runs will count as makeups. It will make it a lot easier for them to obtain their bonuses.”

“It gives them more flexibility to get rest and spend time with their family and not have to make calls,” said local union President Anthony Baxter of the new run schedule. “It gives them more of a turnaround in the times when they’re supposed to be there.”

Contract Duration: 5-year agreement effective 1-1-17 to 12-31-21.

Wage Increases:
3% increase effective Jan. 1, 2017.
2.5% increase effective Jan. 1, 2018.
2% increase effective Jan. 1, 2019.
2% increase effective Jan. 1, 2020.
2% increase effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Run Percentage Bonuses: Instead of being responsible to respond to runs 24-hours a day Monday through Friday, POC fire fighters are now able to choose a 12-hour shift when they are available during the week. Weekend response times count as makeup days for any missed calls during the week. Response times determine their run percentage bonuses at the end of each year:

  • Responding to 25-29 percent of annual runs =  $150 bonus
  • Responding to 30-39 percent of annual runs =  $200 bonus
  • Responding to 40-45 percent of annual runs =  $275 bonus
  • Responding to 50 percent or more of annual runs = $350 bonus

Bargaining Team: MAFF Labor Relations Specialist Jim Steffes and local union President Anthony Baxter, Nick Helman and Tony Curry.