London Firefighters are taking their contract dispute to the steps of 300 Dufferin Avenue.
The Corporate Services Committee will debate a request from the London Professional Fire Fighters Association Tuesday that calls for a public meeting to be held that would allow firefighters to share their perspective on the dispute with City Council.
Firefighters have been without a contract for six years, and have expressed frustration while dealing with bureaucrats at City Hall.
“Recently the parties met again at mediation under a strong urging of the arbitrator to attempt reaching a settlement,” said LPFFA President Jason Timlick in a letter.
“Unfortunately mediation was not successful and I feet that it would be beneficial to the Taxpayers of London for elected officials to understand the Association’s perspective.”
The two sides are currently in interest arbitration, and it’s possible a deal may not be reached until 2019.
The LPFFA has criticized the City for deleting emails they were instructed to turn over. Mayor Matt Brown’s response to the deleted emails was that he doesn’t think it’s appropriate to discuss the negotiations in public.
The contract battle between firefighters and the City is now believed to be the longest in Canadian history.
City hall is pushing for a number of concessions in talks. The most contentious would see an end to the policy of pay parity for firefighters with police.
Teusday’s Corporate Services Committee meeting starts at 12 p.m.