After enduring six years without wage increases, Local 36 of the International Association of Firefighters won 10% across-the-board increases, as well as other improvements, in its interest arbitration with the District of Columbia. The interest arbitration award, issued by Arbitrator Ira Jaffe in February 2014, ruled in favor of the union on all open issues, both economic and non-economic. Significantly, the arbitrator rejected the Department’s initiatives to dramatically increase workweek hours and reduce the number of platoons – proposals championed by then-Fire & EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe as well as the Mayor. The award, which was approved unanimously by the City Council over the Mayor’s opposition, covers fiscal years 2011-2014, and was implemented in September 2014. Bredhoff & Kaiser has represented Local 36 in collective bargaining, grievance and arbitration, and other matters for decades.