Firefighter Union negotiations continue tomorrow

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Tomorrow, the Jackson Hole Firefighters Union will continue the collective bargaining process with town and county officials. Last Monday, representatives from Local Union 5067 of the International Association of Firefighters met with the Town of Jackson Council and the Teton County Board of County Commissioners during a special Joint Information Meeting. "Our contract proposal was meticulously crafted by our firefighters with the intent to increase public and firefighter safety and to ensure equitable working conditions," said Union President John Tobey during last week's meeting. There are 34 articles of working conditions in the document, which is available to view online here . "Just having a voice at the table and being able to share our experience as operational staff is huge," said Tobey. "It allows us a direct voice with the electeds." According to Tobey, one of the biggest parts of the contract is getting equal pay for equal work. "We want parody across the board," said Tobey. "Not that everybody gets paid the same, but we can't have situations where someone who is less qualified is making significantly more than somebody who is more qualified." Second to the pay parody, pension is a big part of the negotiations. The union is asking for the pension contribution from Teton County to be on par with other county employees. Following the first meeting, Tobey was pleased with the conversations. "I was pleasantly surprised. Collective bargaining as a whole is new to Teton County and relatively new to Wyoming," said Tobey. "We weren't sure how this was going to go or how it was going to be received and I thought it was received really well." He also said that officials had several questions about items listed, which allowed them to give more context around the proposed agreement. There are all 18 full time employees at Jackson Hole Fire/EMS who are all cross-trained, duel role, which means they are all EMS and firefighter trained. Collective bargaining will continue tomorrow, March 8, at 9 a.m. in the County Chambers. *Feature Photo: h/t Local Union 5067 / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news