I voted against the 2017-2020 police collective agreement (+8% over 4 years) in April 2019. My voice is not ideological. I am not automatically for or against unions. With this special collective agreement, I had the impression that local economic conditions did not justify this increase in wages. The Council often has to find a balance between competing values, and these are difficult discussions. This is especially true for discussions on union wages. The Vancouver Police Union argued that the collective agreement for the nearby city of Delta was not a fair comparison. Instead, the union proposed using Calgary and Edmonton. The Régie de police argued that Toronto and other police forces in Ontario were better examples than Calgary and Edmonton.

Bruce J. strongly notes that arbitrators who simply use external pay equity to resolve wage disputes distort the collective bargaining process. Pay equity is a formal term for the similarity of wages. In other words, arbitrators cannot simply say that the policy should be paid by Medicine Hat X because the Toronto X police are paid. Salaries for each year are not readily available, as collective agreements start and end at different times. Because of the complicated bargaining process, police often work beyond the end of a collective agreement. Citations for this publicly available information are available at the bottom of the column. The Vancouver Police Union received its trades and labour council (TTC) charter on July 15, 1918 as the Vancouver Police Federal Association, Local 12, making it the second unionized police force in Canada.

Unlike many other police unions, the VPU survived the backlash to police organizations after the British police strikes of 1918 and 1919, the Boston Police Strike, and the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. Police unions were banned in many jurisdictions and then reduced to “police federations”. As a result, the VPU was the first police union to be certified in 1945 under the new industrial relations regulatory system and remained one of the few basic police organizations covered by labor legislation. It has therefore enjoyed an advantage in collective bargaining with things such as compulsory arbitration in disputes with management over other police organisations. [2] Negotiations on the new contract began in mid-2019, City Manager Eric Holmes told City Council on Monday, and the broad outlines of the deal had been agreed before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The delay in ratification is due to the fact that it took several months to translate these conditions into a language that satisfies both parties. If the city and the police union do not reach an agreement, either party can request mediation. If mediation is unable to resolve our disputes, either party can escalate again and request binding arbitration. The VPU is the collective agreement representative for approximately 1300 members of the Vancouver Police Department and negotiates employment contracts.

It also represents its members in disciplinary matters and matters related to the Workers` Compensation Act and the Employment Standards Act. Through its president and spokesman, Tom Stamatakis, the union acts as a political lobby on behalf of its members and has taken a strong stance on issues such as Vancouver`s secure injection site, called it an “un mitigated disaster” for the Downtown Eastside and says all it has accomplished is creating a “sense of demand” for the neighbourhood`s addicted population. [3] The union also questioned Sam Sullivan`s credibility as chairman of the police committee. [4] Critics of the Vancouver police have been publicly denounced by the union, particularly lawyers Phil Rankin, Cameron Ward and John Richardson of the Pivotal Legal Society. [5] Here is my understanding of the factors that contribute to a police collective agreement. . . .