EVERETT — An unfair labor practice complaint has been brought against the union of firefighters who work at Snohomish County’s largest fire district.
Fire District 1 commissioners allege members of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1828 are violating contract-bargaining obligations. The district’s board of commissioners wants the state’s Public Employment Relations Commission to order the union to act on an a proposed employment contract negotiated in early February.
“Bargaining for a new contract has a long history, starting in May 2014 and continuing for 19 months,” the district said in a press release. “There were 23 bargaining sessions, including 18 mediation sessions under the auspices of PERC.”
Union firefighters in January voted to reject an earlier contract offer.
About 200,000 people who live in southwest Snohomish County are protected by Fire District 1. In addition to unincorporated neighborhoods, the district contracts to provide emergency services to Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.
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