The City of Evanston and the Evanston Firefighters Association will be holding a signing ceremony on September 17 regarding the two-year Collective Bargaining Agreement that was recently approved by the Evanston City Council.

“The City of Evanston is very appreciative of the all the hard work put forth by both of the bargaining teams in crafting this two-year agreement. By reaching this result, we collectively avoided the arbitration process,” said Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz. “Above all, the most important thing that both groups brought to the table was their sincere commitment to the public safety of our community. I would like to thank all the men and women of the Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services for their dedication and commitment.”  

“The Evanston Fire Fighters Association is extremely pleased we were able to come to a fair agreement that reflected our organizations’ #1 priority of maintaining proper emergency response times and adequate staffing to our great city,” said  Brian Scott, President Evanston Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 742. “We fully recognize that we are still in the midst of hard-hitting economic times, and this agreement reflects our long-standing commitment to work with the city in balancing these economic realities with maintaining public safety during the busiest years in our department’s 137-year history.  We sincerely hope this collaborative and effective relationship continues and we extend our appreciation to Chief Klaiber and his team for their good faith efforts.”  

The city and IAFF began negotiations in October 2011 and continued to negotiate through the balance of spring 2012. This cooperative posture reached fruition in July 2012, when the city and IAFF came to tentative agreements regarding wages and the new salary schedule.