These are not considered „legal“ copies of contracts/agreements. If you need more information or a signed copy, email or call Labour Relations at 403-268-2236. The first thing that strikes is the similarity of wages across the country. Lacombe, with a population of 13,000, pays its municipal police roughly at the level of wages in Canada`s largest cities. The hat medicine police are paid more than the Toronto police. The CPA will begin contract arbitration proceedings in January and asked Orr why the union was primarily in this position, noting that other cities, including Edmonton, were resolving their contracts for salary increases and benefits. If the city and the police are unable to reach an agreement on the union plan, both parties can ask for conciliation. If mediation fails to resolve our disputes, each party may again escalate and request a binding arbitration procedure. 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. The first-class constable is the standard measure for comparing canadian police salaries. It usually takes four years to reach the rank of a first-class constable. I recognize the historic contributions of unions in Canada. The Union`s efforts to improve working conditions are finally accepted by all. We all benefit from their tireless work to improve people`s working conditions.
As a primary collective entity, act under the Collective Police Workers Act to negotiate and manage collective agreements on wages and working conditions and to comply with the non-arbitrary, discriminatory or bad faith act of representation of members. 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. 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. 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 union wages. The Calgary police union has a new president who has pledged to put the „ego aside“ to rebuild relationships that it says have deteriorated in recent years. Referee Stan Lanyon works by motivating all arguments. He agreed with the union that Delta`s collective agreement was not a good comparator, as economic conditions and working conditions vary widely in Vancouver. But he disagreed with Calgary and Edmonton. In Lanyon`s 2014 and 2016 decision, he wrote that wages in Alberta were „too rich“ for Vancouver and were not fair comparators because of Alberta`s unique provincial economy (at least at that time).