FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2020
CITY OF HANFORD ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH HANFORD FIREFIGHTERS LOCAL 3898, IAFF
HANFORD, CA - Following a lengthy labor negotiations process, the City of Hanford and the Hanford Firefighters Local 3898 are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached and approved.
After negotiating for almost four years, a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was approved by the City of Hanford City Council at their meeting on April 7, 2020. The term of the MOU spans from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022 and restates current benefits as well as concessions made in terms of wages, benefits and working conditions.
Mayor John Draxler stated, “I would like to thank the Hanford Firefighters Local 3898 and the bargaining team from City of Hanford for their hard work over the last year in developing a contract that is both fair to our employees and fiscally responsible."
Fire Engineer and Local 3898 President, Dustin Costa stated, “It was a pleasure working with City staff. We did not always see eye to eye but, in the end, we were able to come to an agreement that would benefit everyone involved. Our Department has experienced a lot of changes over the last couple of years and Local 3898 members want to make the Hanford Fire Department the best it can be. With the contract signed, we can focus our attention on maintaining service levels as the City continues to grow. The community support we receive on a daily basis is incredible. Hanford still has a small-town feel, and it's nice to be a part of that.”
The City of Hanford and the Hanford Firefighters Local 3898 look forward to continuing to work together to make Hanford a safe community to live and prosper.