Lethbridge Police Association Collective Agreement

McMillan admits that, of course, more numbers would be great, and they spent some money to bring in an independent accountant who came in and checked the police. Wages for each year are not readily available, as collective agreements begin and end at different times. Due to the complexity of the negotiation process, the police often work beyond the end of a collective agreement. Quotes on this information are available to the public at the end of the section. As cities grow, the crime rate also increases. This means more requirements for the police, and McMillan believes they have a responsibility to review these applications and to have effective management of resources and resources. Police officers in large cities are disadvantaged when they are paid in small towns in the same way as police officers, but they face a dramatic increase in the cost of living. 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.” 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. 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. Ignoring or minimizing the impact of local economic conditions on police salaries penalizes two groups: small municipalities and metropolitan police officers. 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. 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. Paying the Hat Medicine police more than the Toronto police hurts us because we do not have the same purchasing power as Toronto.