Derry Fire Collective Bargaining Agreement: What You Need to Know
The Derry Fire Department has been in talks with the town’s officials for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) since the previous one expired in 2019. After months of negotiations, the two sides have come to an agreement that will benefit both parties.
The new CBA covers a wide range of issues from pay and benefits to promotions and job security. It not only provides firefighters with better working conditions but also ensures that the Derry Fire Department can continue to provide top-notch services to the community.
Pay and Benefits
Under the new CBA, firefighters will receive a 2% pay raise each year until 2024. Additionally, they will receive an increase in their annual uniform allowance from $1,200 to $1,500. The agreement also includes a new stipend for those who hold an associate’s degree or higher. Firefighters with a degree will receive an extra $1,000 per year.
The new CBA also includes a provision for health insurance. Firefighters will now have the option to participate in a high-deductible health plan with a health savings account or a preferred provider organization plan. The town will also contribute $75 per month towards the cost of the plan.
Promotions and Job Security
The new CBA includes a new promotion process that focuses on merit-based promotions. This means that firefighters will be promoted based on their skills, experience, and performance, rather than seniority. The new process will also provide firefighters with more opportunities for career advancement.
The CBA also includes provisions for layoff and recall, which will provide job security for firefighters. In the event of a layoff, firefighters will be recalled based on their seniority. However, if a firefighter has a specialty certification that is needed by the department, they will be given priority for recall.
The new Derry Fire Collective Bargaining Agreement is a win-win for both firefighters and the town. Firefighters will receive better pay, benefits, and job security, while the department will be able to continue providing great services to the community. The new merit-based promotion process and stipend for those with degrees show that the department values its firefighters’ education and experience. The Derry Fire Department will continue to protect and serve the community with skilled, experienced, and motivated firefighters.