Senate rewrites RCMP bill to broaden bargaining, grievance rights for Mounties

NORTHBAYNIPISSING – In another demonstration of senators flexing their law-making muscle, a Senate committee voted Tuesday to significantly amend an RCMP unionization bill.

Members of the Senate’s national security and defence committee voted unanimously to amend Bill C-7 in several ways to broaden the scope of bargaining talks, to allow a broader range of grievances to go before an arbitrator or a public service labour relations board, and to ensure a secret ballot whenever a bargaining agent finally stands up to be certified.

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