Breaking News

NPF Successful in 3 Unfair Labour Practice Complaints

By NPF-FPN Webmaster | December 13, 2017

The NPF successfully challenged three unfair labour practice complaints against the RCMP (Treasury Board) with the Federal Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (FPSLREB) regarding breaches of the statutory freeze. As described in October, the first of the three complaints addressed changes to Legal Assistance at Public Expense policy. These changes were reversed, and you … Read more

Another Step Closer

By NPF-FPN Webmaster | November 26, 2017

As we updated on October 15, the FPSLREB has ruled to “join” the NPF and QMPMA applications to avoid duplication and expedite the certification review process. The FPSLREB also ruled that the “appropriate bargaining agent” for the RCMP is one, single national unit. The FPSLREB offered its mediation services to NPF and QMPMA, which we are using. … Read more

Interviews underway for next RCMP commissioner

By NPF-FPN Webmaster | November 22, 2017

Interviews are underway this week for the next commissioner of the RCMP — and the government’s newly announced selection committee provides clues about what the government is looking for in the new leader of the national police force. Late last week, headhunting firm Boyden notified some applicants they were no longer under consideration for the opportunity to replace former … Read more

RCMP associations raise concerns after prisoner breaks free during transport

By NPF-FPN Webmaster | November 16, 2017

It isn’t uncommon for an RCMP officer to transport a prisoner on their own in rural Manitoba, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe, say two organizations that represent Mounties. The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada and the National Police Federation are raising concerns over prisoner-transport protocol one day after a prisoner assaulted a Mountie and escaped; hours … Read more

Stay Safe – Maximum Hours of Work

By NPF-FPN Webmaster | November 12, 2017

One of the most common themes members shared in the recent NPF Safety and Resources survey was unsafe and unacceptably long working hours. We heard about members experiencing no back-up and no downtime, with extended shifts followed immediately by on-call periods. This is unsustainable for your physical and mental health, your relationships with friends and … Read more

Safety and Resources Survey

By NPF-FPN Webmaster | November 8, 2017

  More than 90% of members believe lack of resources puts communities and RCMP officers in danger. Please share – we need government to act.

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  1. Gentlemen:
    I have very serious concerns with the Commissioner’s continued attempts to push forward our last pay negotiation. When the SCC declared our past labour negotiation mechanism unconstitutional, and gave the federal government a deadline to rectify it, a deadline they have ignored with apparent impunity, should that not have nullified any of the “tainted” processes that were pending? At the very least, I would have thought it should at least have scuttled the portion of the pending agreements that would come into effect following the SCC decision.

    I am not a strong believer in coincidence. It is my opinion that the current government is stalling the passage of C-7 in order to forestall the inevitable and meanwhile the Commissioner seems to be taking full advantage of the very obvious vacuum that exits in our representation, one which he helped orchestrate by unilaterally scuttling the SRR Program that essentially robbed the collective membership of any meaningful representation mechanism. I had read your previous posting with regard to seeing the delay in the passage of bill C-7 as a bit of a blessing with mixed feelings.

    My feelings on the matter are no longer mixed. I am of the opinion that damage is being done daily to both individual members and to groups of members, some of it irreversible and irreparable, by senior RCMP management as it runs roughshod over the unrepresented membership. I am hoping that there is some form of pressure that can be brought to bear on the current government to pass C-7 and am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on what can be done. We are on the verge of yet another multi-month parliamentary break, surely I can’t be the only member who has expressed frustration and worry with what is going on and how long this has taken.

    I have had a 26+ year run with the RCMP and never, at any point in that time, have I felt as much mistrust toward senior management as I do currently. I didn’t ever think I would ever miss Commissioner Elliot.

    Respectfully,

    J. Robilliard

  2. Gentlemen:

    I saw the announcement of the pay package earlier in the day. I note that it represents an actual loss of ground of inflation is taken into account. I also noted with appropriate disdain that there was a lack of detail with respect to any sort of implementation date or time frame for when the members can expect to see this big wind fall. I also couldn’t help but notice the Commissioner’s tone when telling us how lucky we were to be getting this generous settlement so shortly after he saw fit to award generous performance bonuses to senior managers. There isn’t even a pretence of empathy or the slightest sign that he is worried about the optics of his actions. The word of the day is unscrupulous. Just one more thing I was hoping you could clarify for me and possibly other members; what is the “market adjustment” and does everyone get this or is it just earmarked for those living in high rent localities like the GTA, Vancouver and the like?

    Any insights you have would be most appreciated.

    Biding my time until June 30th.

    Regards,

    Jamie Robilliard

  3. This new pay package speaks to the preserving of cost of living for those in Fort McMurray, is there going to be any push for similar high cost of living area like the lower mainland BC where the cost of living is even greater?

  4. I was a Shop Steward and Plant representative for the International Woodworkers of America. I was a sub-rep in the SRR Program for several years. I see a key issue, will Treasury Board look at this as a “first” contract or accept the current working pay and benefits as an existing contract.

  5. Well gentlemen it’s been an eventful week. So much accomplished and yet so much more to do and prepare for. Congratulations to those early brave souls who put themselves out there and removed their yellow stripes, they risked reprisal but firmly stood their ground. Kudos should go out to all who quickly joined them as well, to steady the line. At first it looked like management was going to take a hard line and phrases like “Code of Conduct” were being dropped in order to bully the early few into submission. What an about face occurred when, instead of submission, the bully got a thousand- fold show of member unity. Now the tone is contrite from the boss. He seeks our understanding, and tells us that he “gets it” and uses the word “we” alot. Sorry to say that I am not buying this for a second. He can’t manage to even get through his “Act of Contrition” memo before he starts reminding us how fortunate we were that he and Uncle Ralph had our backs, did some heavy lifting, got us a really sweet deal. He “gets it” like Marie Antoinette got it with her “Let them eat cake.” statement. I’ll know that he really “gets it” when he just stops talking.

    In the meantime I will enjoy watching the little odometer on the NPF site merrily clicking away as each new member joins the association and counting down the days to Canada day, not so much because I profess to be any more patriotic than any other Canadian, but because I plan on holding my own “gone party” as it will be the first day of the rest of our collective RCMP careers.

    Keep the faith all and know you have our support. The best defense against a bully has proven to be, once again, to stand up to him.

    J. Robilliard

  6. Here we go again! Out with the old boss and in with the new – same old same old. The acting Commissioner has shown his true self on this one. The new OR/OA provisions are evidence that the new commander is cut from the same cloth as the old one. At least the old boss would have published the change, albeit disguised as something he might call “progressive” or possibly even “visionary”. The new guy just tries to slide it by without a word to avoid a challenge. His spine appears to be made of less sturdy stuff.

    I don’t for a minute think that this move was made in error or as an oversight. I believe he knew that it was against the rules the current “freeze” imposed, but that he did it anyway, knowing that it would take time for the PSLRB to investigate and make a ruling against the new policy and that by that time it would get his neck out of the noose involving our current resourcing issues. While the forest fires in BC rage on and the large scale resource deployment in Labrador continues and no one had the foresight to make plans in time to put temporary wide-spread leave restrictions in place his little plan carries on unchecked.

    I believe our current values still include integrity, but I think it’s abundantly clear that we shouldn’t expect that from the top down. It is another example of the underhanded and cowardly behaviour that we have come to expect from our most senior levels of management.

    James Robilliard

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