“I am pleased to announce the signing of this collective agreement. I would like to thank the two negotiating committees for their work and commitment to reaching a mutually beneficial agreement,” said Bob Carter, President of the Police Prefecture. 4. Any period taken on leave by the police officer is not part of the execution of the probation period. 2019, about 1, Sched. 4, 41 (10). Another reason why local economic conditions are not reflected in police salaries is the distinction between the lack of willingness to pay a commune and the insolvency of a commune. That is an important distinction. A city has much more power than a union since the city council controls the budget. However, we cannot simply use the budget to justify why we can no longer pay. This principle is articulated in another arbitration, Hamilton Police Services Board and the Hamilton Police Association 2002. Arbitrator Kenneth Swan wrote that a city council cannot simply control arbitration through a budget procedure.
Our budget is a factor, but it does not exceed all other considerations about what a fair wage is. In other words, the city council cannot just say, “We cannot afford to pay them.” But if police work was the responsibility of such specialized labour laws and the former arbitrators and judges had not left for so long to stress the need to take into account local economic conditions on police salaries. That is why I imagine that the work of the police is somewhere in the middle of this spectrum, where we should again see wage parity mitigated by local economic conditions. The Vancouver Police Union argued that the collective agreement in the nearby city of Delta was not a fair point of comparison. Instead, the union proposed to use Calgary and Edmonton. The police argued that Toronto and other Ontario police forces were better examples than Calgary and Edmonton. We know that modern policing is brutally difficult. The Canadian Police Association says its members are facing a higher workload. I got a taste of it at a police ride in December 2019.
The police go from call to appeal. It is a long, difficult day of work and there is good evidence that police work is becoming more and more difficult. It is also becoming increasingly difficult to recruit police officers to work at Medicine Hat. But if it is not enough to pay the local police more than Toronto`s salaries to attract the right people, there is obviously something else going on that we should address. Bruce J.A. found that arbitrators who simply use external wage parity to resolve wage disputes distort the collective bargaining process. Wage parity is a formal term for similarity in wages. In other words, the arbitrator cannot simply say medicine to the police should pay X, because the Toronto police paid X.
But this logic ignores another reality of governments – we can pay more and more. The City of Medicine has can pay any salary we have set, because we can always raise taxes to cover salary increases. We can continue to raise police salaries and taxes until the city is no longer competitive and slowly dies. The negotiation process does not seem to take into account the fact that different municipalities have different payment capacities. Medicine Hat and Vancouver, Camrose and Toronto are not the same. OpsEU regularly receives applications from members covered by collective agreements across the province to obtain copies of their central contract. The following six links provide easy access and allow you to download a copy of your collective agreement in Adobe format. I voted against the 2017-2020 collective agreement (up 8% over 4 years) in April 2019. My voice is not ideological. I am not automatically for or against unions. With this specific collective agreement, I felt that local economic conditions did not justify this wage increase.
The Commission often has to balance competing values, and these are difficult discussions. This is particularly the case for discussions on trustee salaries