City and Local Firefighters Reach Agreement
Negotiations between the City of Sheridan and the local firefighters’ union have concluded with a contract agreement for the 2020 fiscal year, beginning on July 1, 2019.
According to a press release from the city, the negotiations began on Feb. 15, after the receipt of a letter from International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local #276 requesting to meet for collective bargaining per Wyoming State Statute 27-10-104.
Even though that statute sets a maximum of two years per contract, Chief Gary Harnish said yearly negotiations are usually preferred by both the city and the union, given the fluid nature of government budgets.
The city and representatives from the union met five times to negotiate between March 4 and April 15.
A contract proposal approved by the Mayor Roger Miller and City Council at their April 15 meeting was rejected by the union and the two parties entered into arbitration.
Negotiations concluded April 29 when IAFF Local #276 delivered a letter to the city accepting changes to the contract including:
- Implementation of the 100 percent of market scale from the Condrey & Associates, Inc. Compensation and Classification Plan, which will result in a higher starting wage for newly hired firefighters as well as pay increase for all firefighters.
- A one-step pay increase for firefighters who received at least a “meets expectations” rating on their 2018 performance appraisal.
- The City’s contribution to the Paid Firefighter B Pension will increase 1percent.
- A small adjustment to vacation leave accruals for two current firefighters.
“We’re extremely pleased to have reached a contract agreement with IAFF Local #276,” said Miller. “We believe that the final agreement is fair and equitable for all parties and is fiscally sound for the City of Sheridan.”
The mayor and city council will acknowledge the union’s acceptance of the contract at their May 6, 2019 regular council meeting.