Following is an update on certification, the no-stripe campaign and how you can help. We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish all our members a safe and happy Easter weekend, whether you’re enjoying time off or working.
This past week has been a busy one for the NPF, as we reached over 9,700 members and explored the best approach to achieve certification on your behalf. You’ve given us a clear national mandate to be your voice for collective representation. Here’s a map showing postal codes where our members live all across the country and even in the U.S.
Certification Approach and Timing Options
As we shared on April 10, we hoped for and encouraged passing of Bill C-4 which would have meant that we would not be subject to a complex and lengthy voting process, expected to take several months or longer.On April 12, the Senate amended C-4 to keep the lengthy voting process and passed this legislation.
Bill C-4 must now return to the House of Commons where Government will accept or reject these amendments. (Here’s a link to a Globe & Mail story that provides more background.)
So, the pivotal decision still faced by NPF is whether we should once again wait for Government to take action, or if we should take our own action and apply for certification within the current onerous but more certain legal framework.
In considering these alternatives, it’s important to keep in mind that the last RCMP-related Bill that the Senate amended back in June 2016 is still sitting in limbo with the Government.
This past week, we signed the application for certification and our lawyers are finalizing other documents required so NPF will be able to file our application early next week. We welcome your feedback on this critical decision.
No-stripe Campaign Participants’ Protection
Lastly, as your future representative organization, on April 12th we wrote to the Commissioner (download the letter) regarding the independent passive “no stripes” protest asking that he ensure his Commanding Officers and management team have clear and consistent messaging for all members exercising their Charter-protected right to protest.
How You Can Help:
As we prepare to file, the most important thing you can do is help NPF present the strongest possible voice to decision-makers by maximizing membership.
Here are three other things you can do …
- Join the NPF. Click here.
- Share this information with your colleagues.
- 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.)