Winnipeg firefighters union files for binding arbitration with the city

WINNIPEG — Contract negotiations between the union representing Winnipeg firefighters and the City of Winnipeg have hit an impasse. 

The United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg (UFFW) has filed for binding arbitration with the province after the city missed a key deadline for proposals. 

“I can confirm the contract has expired without a negotiated settlement and as such we have initiated the arbitration process with the province of Manitoba,” said Alex Forrest, who is the president of the United Fire Fighters Union, Monday night. 

The three-year-contract worth an estimated half a billion dollars was up last month. 

“Our contract expired on December 26,” Forest told CTV News. “We never had a negotiated settlement, so we went forward with the province.”

Back in October, the UFFW sent a letter warning the city, if a deal wasn’t reached by the end of 2020, it would launch the arbitration process based on its proposals only. 

CTV News has reached out to the City of Winnipeg for comment and is waiting to hear back.

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