Monday, September 16, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, far right, with Broadview fire chief Tracy Kenny, far left, and another firefighter. | Courtesy Rep. Welch/Twitter
During a regular meeting on Sept. 3, the Broadview Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution authorizing and approving the collective bargaining agreement with the Broadview Professional Firefighters Union IAFF-AFFI Local 5129, which represents Broadview firefighters and paramedics. Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson was absent.
The contract runs through April 30, 2020 and features a range of new language, such as procedures that ensure compliance with recent changes in state law related to maternity leave.
The law now requires departments to provide pregnant firefighters “with a temporary transfer to a less strenuous or hazardous position for the duration of her pregnancy if she so requests, with the advice of her
physician, where the transfer can be reasonably accommodated,” according to a summary of the bargaining agreement.
The contract also featured wage increases of 2 percent for 2017, 2.25 percent for 2018 and 2.25 percent for 2019. Those increases will be applied retroactively.
During the Sept. 3 meeting, attorney Julie E. Diemer, of the Del Galdo Law Group, explained why the contract goes back to 2017.
“There had been several law firms that represented the village in these collective bargaining negotiations, which drew out that process significantly,” she said. “Also, the firefighters are now represented by a different union. They decertified their prior union, which was the SEIU, and are now represented by the International Association of Firefighters.” VFP