Bus Law Final Paper - Contract Violations Contract...

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Contract Violations 1 Contract Violations Lead to Hazardous Environments Jennifer Baxter Business 311 Business Law I Professor Lum October 5, 2009
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Contract Violations 2 Introduction The International Association of Firefighters was formed in 1918 to unite fire fighters for better wages, improved safety, and greater service for their communities. At a time when fire fighters worked seven days a week, had little benefits, and safety meant putting a wet towel over their face before running into flames, the IAFF became the voice of the fire fighter, the protector of the protector. It is through collective bargaining that this labor union and the employer are able to negotiate the scope of the employment relationship; in turn, creating a safer working environment.
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Contract Violations 3 Fire and police departments benefit immeasurably from productive partnerships between employers and employees. Studies have shown that communities promoting such cooperation enjoy more efficient and effective delivery of emergency services. Such cooperation, however, is undermined in states that do not provide public safety employees with the fundamental right to bargain with their employers. In addition, employers who violate contract regulations are ultimately raising the danger level of public service employees’ work environment. The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local number 3825 entered into a formal agreement with Thurston County Fire District 6 in order to come to a mutual understanding between both parties regarding wages, hours, and conditions of employment of those employees for whom the employer has recognized the Union as the exclusive collective bargaining representative. This was done in order to maintain a safe and fair working environment among the employees of District 6. Per the contract agreement between Thurston County District 6 and the International Association of Firefighters Local number 3825, on behalf of employed firefighters by the fire district, the Chief should fill two new positions that became available once a levy lid lift request was passed by district citizens. Such a request by the district to the community was for hiring more full-time firefighters in order to raise staffing levels, which in turn would reduce risk of injury and/or death on the job, as well as speed up response time to emergency calls. Despite the levy lid lift being passed and extra funding becoming available in order for more employees to be hired, the Chief is trying to drop a current position and then hire two guys which would technically result in only filling one new position, as opposed to two like was initially agreed upon.
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Contract Violations 4 Corbett (2002) states that, “When emergencies happen, firefighters are first to arrive on the scene, help the victims and put out the fire, no questions asked. They put public safety and the safety of our families first” (pg D.11). It is for this reason, that firefighters should have a strong voice in making decisions about the right safety equipment and procedures to do their job,
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