The head of the new union for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police says he hopes to be at the bargaining table in just a few weeks, kicking off a process that could see policing costs rise in much of the country.

National Police Federation President Brian Sauvé said RCMP members repeatedly have told the union — which, after a years-long fight, received certification back in July — that pay, resource levels and benefits are their top concerns.

This week, the federation will confirm its elected board and then appoint a bargaining committee, he said.