Labour Issues

Articles specific to labour relations between City Hall and the London Professional Fire Fighters Association.

April 2017

Chief avoids probe query

April 28th, 2017|

London’s fire chief isn’t answering burning questions about the mysterious absence of one of his deputies.

Chief John Kobarda on Friday declined to clarify Brian McLaughlin’s status.

McLaughlin, who’s in charge of fire prevention, hasn’t been at work since April 11 when he was seen leaving the fire hall with a duffel bag.

His absence comes amid […]

City deal with firefighters could happen Friday

April 20th, 2017|

London’s long-running labour fire could be snuffed out by Friday evening.

City firefighters, pitched for years with city hall in the longest contract fight in Canadian firefighting history, will complete on Friday the mandatory three days of ratification voting on the tentative deal reached between the two sides.

The matter will then go to city council, […]

New boss sets new tone with city labour

April 17th, 2017|

The timing is definitely not a ­coincidence.

Just two months after the exit of Art Zuidema — and not quite two weeks after Martin Hayward took over permanently as London’s top bureaucrat — the long-running, oft-bitter contract battle between city hall and its firefighters could be over.

There’s a new boss. And he’s not the same […]

Firefighters, city reach tentative deal

April 13th, 2017|

A tentative deal has been reached between city hall and London’s firefighters, potentially ending the longest contract dispute in Canadian firefighting history.

Having worked under an expired deal since 2010, the London Professional Fire Fighters Association (LPFFA) was deep into arbitration – expected to last until next year – until talks with city hall recently […]

January 2017

Firefighter deal by next year?

January 10th, 2017|

Hopes ignite for firefighter deal by next year

Arbitration hearings resume Tuesday between city hall and London firefighters amid hopes the protracted process can reach a conclusion by this time next year.

City officials have lifted a legal objection that derailed the arbitration process, hoping to kick-start efforts to reach a conclusion in the years-long contract […]

Quiet Optimism About Resolving Contract

January 10th, 2017|

LPFFA President Expresses Quiet Optimism About Resolving Contract Dispute As Arbitration Hearings Resume
A new year, a new chapter in the prolonged contract battle between city firefighters and City Hall.

Arbitration hearings between city officials and members of the London Professional Firefighters Association resumed Tuesday at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn with 15 more hearing dates […]

Ex-firefighter shreds city

January 1st, 2017|

London city hall: Retiring union boss slams two city officials as ‘chief culprits’ in ‘ruining city hall’

A former leader of the London firefighters union has entered retirement in a blaze of glory.

In another sign of the strained relationship between city hall and the London Professional Fire Fighters Association, the LPFFA’s ex-president has just retired […]

December 2016

Deputy Chief on hot seat

December 22nd, 2016|

London fire department: An allegation of an inappropriate workplace remark by deputy fire chief Brian McLaughlin has triggered a city hall investigation

London has hired an outside lawyer to investigate after a deputy fire chief was allegedly overheard making a desparaging remark about a colleague during a breast-cancer awareness event at work.

At least three employees […]

Dispute with firefighters could’ve been avoided

December 9th, 2016|

Imagine working without a contract for six years in a job that requires you to protect your fellow citizens, potentially at the cost of your life. And your pay’s been frozen for the past two years and likely for some time to come.

That is the real-life situation for London’s 375 firefighters, who have been […]

November 2016

Another Budget Battle

November 17th, 2016|

Firefighter’s union echoing same frustrations with city hall as police over budget process. Daryl Newcombe reports.

Source: Twitter | CTV London: Another budget battle

Where do you draw the line?

November 14th, 2016|

Source: Twitter | LPFFA: Where do YOU draw the line?

October 2016

@LndOntTV – LPFFA Ignored by City

October 27th, 2016|

@shawnwlewis delivers his weekly rant this time focused on the City’s negotiations with London Fire Fighters.

City Council Refuses to Hear From Firefighters

October 26th, 2016|

London City Council has extinguished a request from the London Professional Fire Fighters Association to speak out during a public meeting.

The request was put forward earlier this month by the association, which has been tangled in contract talks for six years.

Officials wanted a chance to address city councillors instead of bureaucrats who they’ve been […]

City dodges fire appeal

October 26th, 2016|

London City Hall: City council rejects firefighters’ request to talk labour dispute impasse in chambers

City council won’t touch the red-hot labour dispute between London firefighters and city hall’s bureaucracy.

In keeping with a policy to stay away from contract negotiations, council voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to reject the London Professional Fire Fighters Association request to address […]

Politicians to firefighters: we don’t want to talk

October 19th, 2016|

London city council turns down request to speak to Professional Fire Fighters Association

City council’s corporate services committee narrowly doused a request from the London Professional Fire Fighters Association to speak to politicians directly about their long-running contract talks being handled by city administrators.

Contract negotiations between the city and firefighters began in 2010 and has […]

Meeting Extinguished

October 18th, 2016|

Today the City of London Corporate Services Committee debated and rejected our request for delegation status to speak before our elected officials and inform City Council on our perspective about the status of our ongoing contract negotiations.

Source: CTV London | Meeting Extinguished


September 2016

Fighting firefighters with fire

September 22nd, 2016|

Our London
By Lincoln McCardle

Let me start by saying I know a few firefighters. I’m not boasting or anything as I suspect many of us do. Either a friend or a family member or a family member of a friend. Maybe I’m just lucky, but all the ones I know are amazing people. Friendly, kind […]

Emails fuel firefighters’ court battle

September 20th, 2016|

Pay-parity emails fuel firefighters’ court battle

The latest snag in the longest contract impasse in Canadian firefighting history revolves around 19 internal documents about a city report recommending London firefighters get paid less than police.

Sources familiar with the protracted arbitration case tell The Free Press city bureaucrats are going to court to block an arbitrator’s […]

Fire fight rift gains fuel

September 15th, 2016|

Cracks are subtly forming in London council’s resolve to push ahead with a contract fight, now six years old, with London firefighters.

It may not be fatal to city hall bureaucrats’ ongoing effort to rein in fire costs by pushing for near-unprecedented contract changes, but wavering support from their political bosses may further inflame an […]

City sends firefighter dispute to court

September 14th, 2016|

Firefighters: Contract battle with City of London further delayed by ‘level of mistrust’
City hall has taken a “very rare step” by interrupting its years-long labour battle with London firefighters with a court fight, one expert says.

Though it may not be unprecedented, a University of Toronto scholar says he can’t recall a development akin to […]