Thank you to all who attended our Q&A information sessions in D, F and K Divisions last week. Next week’s dates and locations in E Division are listed below. We hope you can come out and meet with us: May 21st, 2019 1000-1200 – Royal Canadian Legion, 385 Barnard St, Williams Lake, BC May 21st, … Read more
We’ll be hosting several informal Q&A information sessions over the next month to talk about what’s next beyond certification. The first of these are in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta next week. We hope you can come out and have a coffee with us: May 13th – 13:00-15:00 – Royal Canadian Legion, 294 Lumber Ave, Steinbach, … Read more
Chapter 4 Rights and Responsibilities Handbook: The fourth chapter of our Rights and Responsibilities Handbook is now complete and posted. It explains member rights and responsibilities specifically regarding “Conduct Meetings” at the conclusion of a Code of Conduct Investigation. You can read the Chapter here (Link). Further chapters on several other topics will follow, so … 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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