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Windsor, Firefighters Reach Tentative Deal

Windsor’s firefighters are on the verge of a new contract.

The city announced Monday that they had reached a tentative agreement with their firefighters’ union, the Windsor Professional Firefighters Association (WPFA).

Details and terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Windsor City Council is to meet in an in-camera session Tuesday at 4pm to discuss the agreement and vote on it.

Ward 8 councillor Bill Marra said Monday night that he was happy with the way negotiations went this time around.

“I’m very pleased to hear that, especially given the long history of some significant labour challenges over collective agreements with Windsor Fire and Rescue,” said Marra.

There are over 200 firefighters involved in these negotiations.

An arbitrator was brought in in 2013 to end a dispute between the two sides that lasted over eight years. Lingering issues from that deal were not resolved until another arbitrator’s ruling in early 2015.

Marra said he is confident that this new agreement will help put contentious negotiations between the city and its firefighters’ union in the past.

“Hopefully this is an indication of an improved relationship, and I’m optimistic that it will be approved,” said Marra.

Once city council puts its stamp on the tentative deal, it will go before union members for ratification.