Certification Update – filing next week!

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.

Membership Update:

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.

We take this responsibility with honour and very seriously: you deserve for this to be done right.

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 …

  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.)


4 thoughts on “Certification Update – filing next week!

  1. Great work guys! Let’s get this done so we all will benefit from fair treatment, stop bullying in the work place, better pay, better equipment, more man power for safer and better work conditions to list a few. Proud of you all! Push on and get’r done.
    Be safe

  2. I say go for certification now. If we wait for the Government to make a decision about us we will keep getting pushed to their “back burner.” I would be confident that the complex voting process will be quicker than waiting the government.

    Let’s keep the momentum going and get on the offensive.

  3. Gentlemen:

    As co-chairs of the association, you should be commended for guiding the membership and for all your efforts in getting us this far in such a short period of time. I know that for some, it seems to have taken far too long. Ours has been an archaic and oppressive labour model for well over a century and realistically, it would be ridiculous to have expected things to progress without resistance and stall tactics on the part of those in government and senior management.

    I would appeal to all members to remain calm, unwavering in your support and optimistic that we are on the best course. A continued increase in membership is the best way to illustrate a unified face to all those seeking to continue to oppose our progress. Surely each of us has talked with our co-workers about our choice to join, I am sure that there are some you know who have been hesitant to follow suit for a variety of reasons. It may be time to share some of the recent success enjoyed by the NPF and display your enthusiasm openly in hopes that they too will make the leap and join.

    I have the website constantly open and running in the background on my personal cell phone. Whenever conversation over coffee turns to questions about the benefits of association or why we should bother, come up, I pull out my phone and open the NPF site and they let them see for themselves
    The answers, in language much more eloquent and succinct than I can muster, are there for them to see. They are able to see just exactly what is at stake and how simply they to can choose to take a proactive role in helping us all get there.

    Prior to using my current process, I simply tried to relate what i had been able to read and research and was met with a fairly lukewarm reception. Pulling up the website and showing it to them, complete with the little membership number “odometer” feature, has netted a much better response and at least three new members in my small circle of contact alone.

    I think that a 2/3 or 66% representation is an attainable goal over the short term and would not only convince the new members to come aboard and bring members over from the other associations to join our ranks, it would also let those government and management forces who are attempting to continue to stall the inevitable, that there are 12000 or more sets of critical eyes scrutinizing their next move.

    Enthusiasm is every bit as contagious as skepticism without the bitter aftertaste. Keep up the good work.

    Thank you again for the update gentlemen. Let’s continue to connect the dots on the membership postal code map.

    J. Robilliard

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