Union representatives from Coquitlam and Port Moody Fire did not respond to requests for comment, but PoCo IAFF Local 1941 President Brandon Dougan told The Tri-City News that discussions had already begun with the city. It represents 78 unionized employees, including 72 firefighters. “There is no collective bargaining with our unions. Neither the unions nor the employer [the city] have agreed to start negotiations at this stage,” Virgelene Rutherford, director of Port Moody`s in years of work, learning and well-being, told The Tri-City News today (Tuesday). Union Locals, which represents the city of Tri-City`s staff and firefighters, will be back at the negotiating table next year to renew its collective agreements. Residents of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) are also negotiating to update the agreements in the fire halls of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. Their last contract, which came into effect on January 1, 2012, was eight years and saw annual salary increases of 2.5% per year in each department. Steve Traviss, PoCo`s director of human resources, said the site resigned in writing on November 12 to begin negotiations, and “we are not in a position to share the details of our discussion,” he said, adding, “We are committed to continuing to provide our residents with smooth services, reflecting the professionalism and commitment of our employees to serving our community.” The municipal contract expires on December 31 for CUPE Local 825 members (inside and outside) in Port Moody; In 2016, they received a 7% pay increase over 4 years. Meanwhile, the Port Moody Police Board will also be in talks with two locals: CUPE Local 825 civilian employees of the Moody Police Station have been out of contract since December 31, while the Port-Moody Police Union has not signed a new contract since the expiry of the existing contract on December 31, 2018.