Alarming facts from the following news article but more importantly what they are omitting.
Mar 26 2016 – Kevin Yaworski
4.5% annual sal increases for cops, new cops make $96k after 6 yrs + over half of all cops make over $100k and that * without OT. Some officers over 150k with OT. Worse yet WPS the only force in Canada where OT pensionable. If they use CSSB like most other civil servants the public also paying the equivalent of 8% of their salary into their pension which is vested immediately and paid for life after retirement. How many of the general public have salaries and pensions like this? If it was a private company with 85% of there budget going to wages and benefits they would go bust. Why is the media not reporting this info?
The City says they hitting the wall now after this past 6.3% budget increase. Why did it take this long to act and why not a decrease in funding when WiseUpWinnipeg and others have been raising these and related issues for years?
Most importantly why are they not reporting on the reason for so much overtime? Especially after the Fraser Institute has proven WPS one of the most over staffed forces in Canada? Yet Wpg has one of worse serious crime rates. WUW already provided them the answers repeadedly after being forced to use FOIA requests and other investigation when the City and Media refused to respond..
It proven WPS diverting officers from other units to traffic enforcement and then when not enough violations they forced to target known and sometimes created engineering deficiencies to issue tickets. Then City includes it in their budgets as revenue or cost savings. Then people contest the abuse and illegal tickets and cops get diverted from duty or paid OT to be in court and this pensionable time.
Here is what Todd Dube of WiseUpWinnipeg has to say about this. “Doesn’t matter if it’s police, fire, ambulance, garbagemen or any other taxpayer funded department which then knows no limits including the audacity to hold their masters (the public) hostage by threatening to withhold “their” services or diminishing services including our safety – if they don’t get outrageous funding increases including salaries and benefits that nobody else does. This is not only grossly unfair to broke taxpayers but it is unsustainable and cannot be tolerated any more. This Mayor needs to have the courage to do what Toronto Mayor Rob Ford did and that was to tell them to take it or leave it. They took it. At this point – we’re not even asking – we’re telling them.”
Who makes the decisions about diverting officers, setting quotos for tickets and revenue? Who do they report to? In the end they report to taxpayers. It long over due that more people do something about this abuse. Demand answers and if you are ignored use FOIA requests and share your responses. The voices of many need to force answers from the few that have them. Act now by sharing this and taking real steps to make a difference.
Some of these stats from this article and others from documents published to the winnipeg.ca website and from FOIA requests.
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Time for cops, city to play nice in budget battle
First posted: Friday, March 25, 2016 03:57 PM CDT | Updated: Friday, March 25, 2016 07:38 PM CDT
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The only way for city hall to get its soaring police costs under control is to negotiate labour contracts that taxpayers can actually afford. And the only way to do that is through a new, collaborative effort between city administration, the police union and the province.
There really is no other way around it.
Winnipeg police and the city continued to do battle this week over skyrocketing policing costs. The city’s executive policy committee offered police a generous 6.3% overall budget increase for 2016, which police brass insisted was still too little to maintain basic services. The conflict escalated into a war of words between police management, the Winnipeg Police Board and city councillors. And it further underscored the need to find a long-term solution to a police budget that even outgoing police Chief Devon Clunis called “unsustainable” this week.
This budget conflict isn’t entirely new. There has been a noticeable increase in friction between the city and the police service in recent years over the cop budget. After a decade of generous salary increases for police officers, about 172 of which are now paid for directly by the provincial government, the willingness to fund soaring police budgets unconditionally has hit the wall.
The political climate has shifted and the blank-cheque mentality for police financing has come to an end.
There are no quick-fixes to the problem, though. Salaries and benefits make up about 85% of the police budget. And beyond efforts to better control overtime hours, rework job classifications and capitalize further on vacancy management, police brass don’t have a lot of wiggle room on labour costs.
The only way to control them in a substantive way is through collective bargaining.
The good news is the current police contract expires Dec. 23, 2016, which means the city has an opportunity this year to do something about policing costs.
But they can’t do it alone. Police officers aren’t legally allowed to strike. Which means if the city and the Winnipeg Police Association can’t successfully negotiate a collective agreement, it goes to binding arbitration. And that’s where the city loses control over its labour costs.
The last police budget had salary increases of 4% in 2012, 3.5% in 2013, 3.5% in 2014 and 4% last year. That’s not sustainable, not when inflation in Winnipeg has been running below 2% on average for the past four years (it’s currently at 1.1%).
The only way those salary increases are going to come down, though, is with the cooperation of the police union. The WPA has to play ball with the city. It has to show a willingness to find a long-term solution and work towards a contract that brings salary adjustments in line with inflation, without demanding other concessions that would wipe out those savings.
The province has a role to play here, too. We need labour legislation that forces arbitrators to ensure ability to pay is a top criteria when deciding awards so that if talks do fail, arbitrators are legally bound to adhere to that rule.
There’s a strong incentive for all parties involved to work towards a more affordable police budget, now more than ever. Like it or not, failure to do so would almost certainly result in layoffs and other undesirable cost reductions to the police budget.
And nobody wants that.
Winnipeggers want a well-resourced police service. And everybody knows policing is expensive. But there has to be a limit. The status quo can’t continue.
Nobody is talking about wage rollbacks or even wage freezes. But we need police contracts with salary increases in line with inflation.
It’s really not much to ask. And it would go a long way towards making the police budget more affordable.
THE COST OF COPS
Police Salaries, Winnipeg Police Association
As of Dec. 27, 2015
Starting salary – $53,268
After 6 years – $96,851
After 9 years – $101,693
After 15 years – $106,535
Over half of WPS’s 1,085 constables were paid over $100,000 in 2014
Top salaries for:
First-class constable $110,410
Patrol/detective sergeant $114, 284
Staff sergeant $129,780
* Does not include overtime pay
– Winnipeg Police Association collective agreement 2012-2016