“I would like to thank the negotiating committees for their cooperation in this agreement,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I am pleased that what will be submitted for approval by the Executive Committee and council is a negotiated solution that is the longest and most sustainable negotiated agreement in nearly 20 years between the City of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Police Association, while reflecting the essential services that the men and women of our police service provide to us all.” The contract also reduced the minimum hours the police are paid to attend the court of justice while they work off-duty or overtime. Civilians and cadets will assume more uniformed officer duties as part of the employment contract between Winnipeg and its police union. Police and fire unions cannot strike, but they are eligible for binding arbitration. WINNIPEG – The Executive Committee (CEP) and Council will vote tomorrow on the ratification of the longest and most sustainable negotiated agreement negotiated in nearly 20 years between the City of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Police Association (EPA). The police union is not the only one to have work interviews. The city is negotiating with unions representing most of its employees, and discussions have not yet resulted in agreements. The Canadian Union of Local Public Employees 500, representing 5,070 workers, will work with a conciliator to secure an employment contract. The contract also allows auxiliary police officers to perform more duties instead of uniformed public servants. Cadets will be able to accompany traffic hazards, escort suspects inside the police prefecture, monitor buildings at headquarters and fill vacancies in the police patrol unit, according to the report. Bowman said in a statement that he continued to support the collective bargaining process, but did not respond directly to accusations of micromanagement.
The Winnipeg Police Union has accused Mayor Brian Bowman of interfering in labour negotiations while joining the ranks of unions seeking outside help for a collective agreement. The union, which represents 526 civilian police officers and 1,443 uniformed civil servants, has been out of contract since 23 December. Negotiations began in the fall, but Sabourin says the mayor sabotaged the talks. A five-year collective agreement, ratified Monday by the Winnipeg Police Association, calls for the civilization of the Winnipeg Police Service`s central processing and reading units, in which officials treat suspects or read reports. However, this year, the policy will receive a pay increase of 2.49%. This increase will increase to 2.61% in 2018, then to 1.63% in 2019, to 1.61% in 2020 and to 1.59% in the last year of the contract. www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/union-arbitration-police-winnipeg-1.4034714 The Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the EPA is valid for a period of five years, December 2016 to December 2021, and includes general wage adjustments of 2.5% at the end of 2017, 2018 and 2019 with an additional 1% in June 2020, 1.5% in December 2020, 1% in June 2021 and 1.5% in December 2021.