We write to you today on behalf of the over 4,000 regular members, reservists and special constables of the RCMP who have joined the National Police Federation as their employee organization of choice.
The NPF has been closely watching the progress of Bill C-4 An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Income Tax Act, as it has a direct bearing on how we proceed in making an application to the Public Service Labour Relations Board to become the certified bargaining agent for members of the RCMP.
As you know, Bill C-4 is repealing both Bills C-525 and 377 which made it more difficult to certify a bargaining agent in the Federal sector.
Bill C-4 also includes the removal of the mandatory 40% of eligible employees to have signed cards, an important component to members of the RCMP and the organizing efforts of the NPF and other associations
I’m sure you can understand that the RCMP is a unique Federal policing organization with over 17,000 members in over 700 work sites across Canada (many fly in only) and internationally, it is an extremely difficult task to spread information and sign up these often distant and disparate members. We believe that what we have done in the past year, gaining membership representing almost one quarter of serving members is quite an accomplishment and indicative of the need for national representation. We therefore look forward to the passage of Bill C-4 to be able to make our application and move to a vote for all members to have their say.
In closing, we certainly hope that Bill C-4 is a priority for the Senate and will not be unduly delayed any further, allowing an organization such as the NPF to file an application for certification and begin to make life better for all those that serve, in all parts of Canada and internationally, day in and day out.