Health Benefit Grievances from 2013

The National Police Federation has received inquiries from about two dozen members about interminably long delays – up to five years – by the RCMP in addressing health benefit grievances.

Most of these grievances were filed in response to the Federal Government’s budget of 2012, announcing a move from federal to provincial/territorial health care for RCMP members and the ensuing Health Modernization of our benefits that took effect January 1, 2014.

These grievances include complaints such as the implementation of Medical Service Plan Premiums for members posted in BC and placing a dollar limit on our dental plan.

Over the past few months, these members are finally being contacted by the Office of Coordination of Grievances and Appeals advising that the respondent (Commissioner) has named a representative and a review process is underway. The respondent’s representative has contacted some members arguing their grievance should be dismissed due to a lack of “standing” as the decision was a Treasury Board one and not the RCMP’s.

The NPF has sought counsel on the matter on behalf of our members but, unfortunately, counsel advises there is minimal likelihood of success.

The challenge is trying to prove that the RCMP had any significant input on the government’s Deficit Reduction Action Plan tabled in Budget 2012. Although the RCMP participated in a Strategic Operating Review looking for areas to cut costs, the Review’s submissions are confidential and will not be released. This makes it highly unlikely we will be able to obtain enough evidence to make a case.

We are sorry to share this news but felt a responsibility to do so. Individual members should, of course, decide whether to continue with their grievance or withdraw. Please be assured that NPF will take up the challenge of negotiating benefits once certified.

We’ll continue to update you on our certification progress. In the meantime, here are three other things you can do to help.

  1. Join the NPF.  Click here.
  2. Share this information with your colleagues.
  3. Stay informed by downloading our app on iTunes or Google Play. (You don’t need to join or share your personal email to use our app.)

Sincerely,

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