Willoughby in negotiations with International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO – News-Herald

Willoughby is seeking an agreement between Local 2291 of the International Association of Fire Fighters and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

The intent of the agreement is an effort to maintain harmonious and cooperative relations with employees and to ensure the orderly, uninterrupted and efficient functioning of government.

“This negotiation has been difficult, but we believe we have landed in a fair place for both parties and I want to thank the firefighters for supporting us and crossing the finish line,” said the mayor of Willoughby, Robert Fiala.

He also thanked City Council Speaker Robert Carr and council members as well as Chief Legal Officer Mike Lucas, Chief Financial Officer Diane Bosley, Fire Chief Todd Ungar and Deputy Chief Mike Dorsey for working on negotiations last month. last.

Last week, Willoughby met in executive session to discuss finalizing the contract.

“We sent the draft and there were some minor edits, which literally lasted until morning,” Lucas said. “We have union approval with the final draft and then legal counsel for negotiation.”

In addition, the agreement must recognize the interests of the employer’s employees to participate through collective bargaining in determining the terms and conditions of their employment; promote fair and reasonable working conditions; promote individual efficiency and service to the citizens of Willoughby; and to provide a basis for adjustment of matters of mutual interest through amicable discussions.

With headquarters in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, Ontario, the International Association of Fire Fighters represents more than 329,000 full-time professional firefighters and paramedics in more than 3,500 branches.

The AFL-CIO is a voluntary federation of 57 national and international unions representing 12.5 million workers.

Andrew B. Reiter