Winnipeg police union to file for contract negotiations this week – why this should be important to you

Oct 6 2016 – Kevin Yaworski – WiseUpWinnipeg – http://wp.me/p1fJaD-At

WPS have not become as militarized as some police forces in the US but we recently bought a $365,000 military armoured vehicle, $200,000 in advanced rifles when most officers already have two firearms  and more or advanced guns proven to result in escalation of violence with more officers and the public shot.  We couldn’t afford to buy or maintain any of these after they wasted most of what they given, collected lawfully and even what they collected unlawfully (you will read more about this below).

We also have Air One which we had to borrow a light from the RCMP because we couldn’t afford to buy a new one and the Province said no more bailouts.  They also reviewing if we can afford the large portion the Provinces pays to operate it.

WPS’s last 4 year contract saw wage increases per year of; 3.5%, 3.5% followed by 3% and 3% ….that’s a whopping 13% wage increase in 4 years. For an officer making $100,000 that is an increase of $13,000. Factor in pensionable OT and that is what is breaking the budget.  This is far from sustainable and it gets worse.

The article liked below by  in today’s Metro says Winnipeg police union to file for contract negotiations this week

They claim their calls are up considerably but why is the media not reporting the related info about this below.  It was reported in the media individually already.

She does say “Back in March, council approved a $280-million police budget that featured a 6.3 per cent or $16.7 million increase.

Regardless, the police board reported a $2.45 million shortfall, which, at the time, police brass said could only be closed through layoffs.

In actuality, savings were found through deferring capital projects, such as a body camera pilot program.”

 

She doesn’t say the shortfall was to cover their bloated pension, that the body camera would better protect officers and the public from abuse, that they also cut or reduced the lower cost Police Cadet program which is ideal for some police tasks that do not require high paid, trained and experienced officers.  The majority of officers are making over $100,000 a year and some as high as $150,000 to 200,000 before pension and benefits as per City annual compensation reports.

If the City doesn’t renew the contract the Police Association (union) would force it to arbitration because they are not allowed to strike by law as they are there to serve and protect the public (at least mandated to, not being enforced by OUR Police Chief, Police Board and it’s chair Counc. Scott Gillingham or OUR Mayor Bowman).

She doesn’t say that the arbitrators are currently not forced to take into consideration what the City and Province (tax payers) can afford, what the net debt is of the City and Province (over $1 Billion and $22 Billion).  They obviously haven’t been looking at staffing levels, salaries, pensions, benefits, expense etc… which have been out of control and well above the Canadian average for other police forces and miles above the average Canadian.
Why should this be important to you?

Last year around this time the Winnipeg Police Association (Union) filed for negotiations and it wasn’t negotiated in the best interest of OUR City, Province and the Public. Then when budget time came around they asked for double digit $ Million increase again but the Mayor, EPC or Council finally said no as this is unsustainable and has been for years.
Chief Clunis said we will have to lay off 80 or so staff or cut services even though the 64 page study linked below said they were the most overstaffed and inefficient force in Canada and the figures showed 300 more high paid officers than the City needed and could afford.  City Council still approved a 6.5% increase or 17 million more.
This report and WPS’s own annual reports plus a recent respected report says serious crime rate is falling everywhere else in Canada but not here and has been persistently one of the highest in Canada. WPS responded with we don’t plan on doing anything other than more enforcement (traffic?) and check the stats again later to see if they still the same.
police-to-hire-more-profitable-traffic-cops
Then a poll of 24k Canadians said Winnipeg the most unsafe City in Winnipeg. OUR Mayor responded with his usual smile and that it wasn’t really that bad and ignored it like many of the other serious issues.
But he will show up for every photo op he can with his smile. It used to help his ratings the Public is wiser now which is why is approval rating is dropping faster than a hot potato and is approaching 50% and may have dropped below this already.
He likely looking for a planned or surprise scapegoat that he will offer a parting gift like the last 2 CAO’s that were suspended with pay and then allowed to stay long enough to collect $560k in salary and severance.
Or like former Premier Selingers parting gift of combined $600k or more to his Chief of Staff and other term employees (political aids) that had all his dirty secrets.  He said it was for them to transition to private sector but they went to work for the NDP to help win election there.
Voice your concern with OUR Winnipeg Police Board and its Chair Counc. Scott Gillingham, Mayor Bowman, Permier Brian Pallister and Deputy Mayor; Minister of Justice Heather Stefanson
 Related:
To Serve and Protect not Selfserve and Collect
MPIC diverting Millions to Police for $afety initiatives most of which are a waste and actually putting the public at risk
WPS budget needs to be reined in and a detailed analysis of Fraser Institute study “Police and Crime Rates in Canada” and related facts
Part of how the Winnipeg Police Service ended up in its current dismal state
Enough is enough with the out of control spending and abuse of the public and public funds by WPS and MPIC while some senior people at the City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba ignore or turn a blind eye
Mayor and Finance Chair to meet with Bond Rating Agencies
Is our Political System Working? Do we need a Public Union that represents the general public?
Manitobans need to demand they get more in return for some of the highest rates of taxes, fees and fines in Canada
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A Winnipeg police officer patrols downtown during an investigation earlier this year
SHANE GIBSON / FOR METRO
Winnipeg police union to file for contract negotiations this week

The Winnipeg Police Association will soon file for negotiations to begin hammering out a new collective agreement, says the union president.

The current four-year agreement expires at the end of December, which saw service members receive wage increases by 3.5 per cent during the first two years, and three per cent annually in the latter years.

 

Moe Sabourin says the Winnipeg Police Association – which represents more than 1,900 members – will be seeking fair compensation and other “working condition improvements.” The union is filing for negotiations this week.

 

The goal, he says, is to have a new agreement in place before the current one expires.

Coun. Scott Gillingham, chairman of the Winnipeg police board, said although the board has no role in negotiations, it remains “keenly” interested in the outcome because of the impact on the police department’s budget.

Currently, 85 per cent of the police’s 2016 operating budgets is spent on salaries and staffing.

 

Mayor Brian Bowman and Gillingham, as well as finance committee chairman Coun. Marty Morantz, have repeatedly called the rising costs of police budgets over the past decade “unsustainable.”

 

“The last two contracts were agreed to, and the city signed off on them. So for them to look back and say ‘Well, that shouldn’t have been done. That is kind of a tough pill to swallow,” Sabourin. said

 

During last March’s budget deliberations, Bowman and Gillingham touted a plan to tie this year’s departmental increases to the rate of inflation – or less.

It’s an initiative Sabourin criticizes as “ludicrous.”

“Truly, the budget should be reflective of the calls for service, not budgetary concerns,” he said on Monday.

 

“Our calls for service have increased close to 35 per cent since 2007, and we’re already about 20,000 calls for service ahead of where we were at the same time last year.”

Back in March, council approved a $280-million police budget that featured a 6.3 per cent or $16.7 million increase.

 

Regardless, the police board reported a $2.45 million shortfall, which, at the time, police brass said could only be closed through layoffs.

In actuality, savings were found through deferring capital projects, such as a body camera pilot program.

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