“If we look at the financial impact and budgetary impact of the pandemic, we may have to go back to all our tariff units and manage them,” Holmes said. “Our approach was to honour the good faith negotiations with which we negotiated at the negotiating table.” 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. 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). From 2001 to 2015, wages in Alberta increased by 17.6% more than those in British Columbia. “In the future, the city`s revenues are not expected to return to their levels until 2020 and the use of the stabilization reserve will still be required in 2021,” city manager Sadhu Johnston said in an opinion on budget documents released Tuesday. The report notes that at the beginning of the year, the police did not respond to Johnston`s request to reduce its budget to compensate for the city-wide revenue losses associated with the pandemic. The Vancouver Police Union, which represents more than 1,450 police officers, prison guards and special agents of the Vancouver Police Service, is committed to protecting and promoting the interests of our members by serving the citizens of our community 24 hours a day.
Here is my understanding of the factors that contribute to a collective police agreement. “Arbitrators should in any event “point” to external wage parity, as this would stifle free collective bargaining and would never allow for local economic concerns, regardless of the seriousness of the regulation or the influence on wage agreements. Why would [firefighters] ever accept something less than external wage parity, when arbitration would inevitably lead to the imposition of pay parity with other fire groups in the province? Wages for each year are not readily available because 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. Paying the Hat Medicine police more than the Toronto police hurts us because we do not have the same purchasing power as Toronto. The cost of living is cheaper in Medicine Hat, so work is cheaper – it`s one of the main competitive advantages of small towns. The wage increases were due in part to increases in the Vancouver Police Guild`s 2020-22 collective agreement, which guaranteed its members annual wage increases of between 3 and 4 per cent, depending on rank and level of experience. The Vancouver police include recruits, officers, corporals and NCOs. At the same time, the report recommends a $4.5 million increase in the 2020 police budget for fixed cost compensation for existing employees related to collective agreements, “including the annual budget for 2020, further increases in recruitment and levels/ranks for existing staff.” We know that modern policing is brutally difficult.