FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John says they have ratified discussions for two union agreements.

The first approval, between the City of Fort St. John and the BC Government Employees Union (BCGEU), is for a three-year agreement.

In the agreement, City employees agreed to an increase of two percent starting January 1 of each year of the agreement. Along with this increase, there are also benefit improvements.

Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman says, “Communities need certainty, and Council is pleased that an agreement was reached that provides that and recognizes our dedicated and hardworking employees for the next three years. The Energetic City begins with City staff, and we know we are lucky to have them. Anyone interested in becoming part of our team should connect with the postings on our website.”

The second approval is between the City of Fort St. John and the Fort St. John Fire Fighters Association International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Local 2143 have agreed upon a new two-year agreement.

This agreement secures pay rate parity with the Delta Fire Fighters’ Union, Local 1763 of the IAFF, and provides a 2.5 percent increase for the 2020 and 2021 years.

Matt Crompton, President of IAFF Local 2143, says, “Members of Local 2143 are pleased with the agreement reached with the City and look forward to continuing to work in a collaborative relationship while serving and protecting the community of Fort St. John.”