NPF Co-Chair Peter Merrifield shares why he thinks RCMP members should vote “Yes” for collective representation and the NPF to represent members: “RCMP members and families make significant sacrifices serving Canadians. The Supreme Court determined that RCMP members have earned the right to sit at the bargaining table and determine their working conditions. No one … Read more
NPF Co-Chair Eddie MacDonald, shares his thoughts and observations on why he thinks RCMP members should vote “Yes” for NPF: “Our membership has been unrepresented for far too long. We have fallen farther behind all other policing agencies in salary, resources, equipment and safety. The time is now to vote ‘YES’ for the NPF to … Read more
The FPSLREB has now confirmed the following dates for a possible third day for further cross-examination of a witness, and an additional two days of closing arguments in the ongoing QMPMA charter challenge: Cross examination if needed on January 17, 2019 in Montreal Closing arguments March 26-27, 2019 in Ottawa We are as disappointed as … Read more
As police officers we are trained to engage and overcome both the legitimate and perceived threats to the public we are sworn to protect. Today, members of the RCMP face a new threat: the ability for our employers, the Commissioner and Treasury Board, to unilaterally roll back wages and/or benefits with no opposition. This threat will become a reality without a collective voice to speak for members on terms and conditions of employment like pay, benefits, promotions, transfers etc. This sets us back 50 years in terms of labour relations with our employers. We need to react accordingly to contain and eliminate this threat to the general membership, we need the National Police Federation.
WE must act NOW. Together not only can we contain this threat, but we can push forward and ensure that the members of this organization are adequately supported, represented and compensated while serving the public they have sworn to protect
These are the Quick Facts:
- January 16, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its decision in MPAO v. Attorney General of Canada. The SCC directed the Federal Government to implement legislative changes, within one year, to allow for members of the RCMP to certify a bargaining agent.
- December 8th, 2015 the newly elected Federal Government applied to the SCC for a 6 month extension to the one year deadline in order to draft, table and pass the required legislative changes to the Public Service Labour Relations Act (PSLRA) to comply with the MPAO decision.
- On January 15th, 2016, the SCC granted the Federal Government a 4 month extension to table and pass legislation providing the framework for certification of a bargaining agent for members of the RCMP.
- On January 16th, 2016 the Commissioner of the RCMP announced the creation of a new Member Workplace Services Program (MWSP) that will assist and guide members in the labour relations world as an interim model until a bargaining agent can be certified;
- On March 9th, 2016 the Federal Government introduced Bill C-7 to comply with the SCC decision and has until May 15th, 2016 to have C-7 receive Royal Assent.
The simple problem with the MWSP; designed, implemented and managed exclusively by RCMP management; is that members have no collective voice – it is individual assistance/guidance only, there is no collective. Members will have no national representation on issues such as pay, health benefits, occupational safety and NCO promotion process to name a few. This takes us back several decades. This MWSP does not provide meaningful labour relations in any way and the membership cannot sit idly by, we must stand up with the right organization that has the necessary experience, passion and integrity.
We ask you: Do you trust RCMP management and Treasury Board to have your best interests at heart when making unilateral decisions regarding (to name a few):
- Benefits (health/dental);
- Transfers & Promotions;
- Member Safety;
- Isolated Posts;
- Sick Leave;
- Kit and clothing (equipment);
As members, we are trained to take action – we have been placed in a corner and there is only one option to represent your regional, national, contract and federal interests - we need to take action and ensure that there is a voice for the membership of the RCMP at all tables that discuss terms and conditions of employment. Every day that passes, gives RCMP management the opportunity to roll back and change benefits without opposition. We need to act now!
We are the voice that provides the experience we need. Join the National Police Federation now!
The time to organize is now!
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