The Marion County Board of County Commissioners works with two unions, each consisting of two bargaining units.
International Association of Firefighters - Local 3169
A collective bargaining agreement was ratified by the unit on Dec. 10, 2014 and approved by the County Commission on Dec. 16, 2014 for the year in progress (Oct. 1, 2014-Sept. 30, 2015). The first meeting to negotiate the next contract took place on April 15, 2015. Management is currently reviewing the proposed contract.
Rank and File Unit
Fire Rank & File union leadership rejected the multi-million dollar wage offer Marion County proposed back in July. In an email dated Aug. 12, Jay Boardman, president of Professional Firefighters of Marion County IAFF Local #3169, notified county management of their refusal of the all-inclusive offer. The email was signed by Boardman and union secretary Ryan O'Reilly.
County management's nearly $3.5 million offer included salary raises totaling approximately $3,000 more per year for all single-certified firefighters, EMTs and firefighter/EMTs, as well as approximately $6,000 more per year for all certified paramedics and firefighter/paramedics. Likewise, the minimum starting pay would have gone up $2 for paramedics and $1 for EMTs and single-certified paramedics. The offer would have gone into effect Oct. 1.
Laborers' International Union of North America (LiUNA)
Blue Collar - General Unit
The county and the union have tentatively agreed to a full collective bargaining agreement contract. On March 11, 2015, the bargaining unit voted 40-10 in favor of the tentatively agreed-to contract. The contract came up before the County Commission in April for board approval.
Blue Collar - Marion Oaks MSTU Unit
Negotiations are pending.