Firefighter union to negotiate contract with Town and County today

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Today, the Town of Jackson Council and the Teton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special Joint Information Meeting to discuss the collective bargaining process with the local firefighter union. On February 22, Local Union 5067 of the International Association of Firefighters requested a meeting with the Town Council and the Board of County Commissioners. Officials subsequently set the meeting for today at 3 p.m. to negotiate a contract for the paid full time firefighters at Jackson Hole Fire/EMS. "Our goal is to come up with a contract that continues to ensure public safety, firefighter safety, and utilizes the best practices for the operation of the department," said a response letter sent by John Tobey, the president of the local firefighters union. In August, full-time career firefighters in Jackson organized as a labor union under the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) . Covered under the organization are full-time emergency service personnel employed by Jackson Hole Fire/EMS and Teton County. The 17 cross-trained, dual-role firefighters provide the majority of Teton County’s 911 responses for fires and medical emergencies. “The firefighters seek to preserve working, middle-class wages and opportunity for our members to live in the county they work to protect,” said Tobey in a release announcing the union in late 2015. The meeting is set for 3 p.m. at the County Chambers and is set to last two hours. The full union, and Town and County correspondence prior to this meeting is available to review here. *Feature Photo: h/t Local Union 5067 / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news