Collective Agreement Charlottetown Police

Once again, I would like to thank our members for providing the valuable services that the people of the island need and for the safety of the islanders in this ever-changing world in which we live. Every day has new challenges that we have never faced. UPSE is a diverse union representing 5,000 members from 15 different collective agreements, and our employees have been working tirelessly on the problems of our members since the beginning of this pandemic. I would like to thank our employees who remain available to our members. I cannot thank our working relationships enough (LROs) for the work they do on your behalf. They are creative and strive daily to find solutions with employers for developing topics. Two P.E.I. police officers competing for a spot in one of the best police schools in the country say they did not receive the fair consideration they were due to – and an arbitrator agreed. According to the police chief, Currie was chosen because he had the best chance of passing the course – which he did, and he is currently the police identification officer. UPSE and Tremploy have ratified a new three-year collective agreement with 100% support for membership. Other issues that we have been looking at since my last post are housing our members who may be immunosuppressive or have a family member at home who is at higher risk if exposed to LA COVID 19. We deal with them on a case-by-case basis.

We have developed guidelines for the use of health workers and are developing guidelines for the public service. We work with the employer to house important members who can work from home. We have developed an agreement on schedule changes for shift bonuses for our non-working workers to ensure that our members who have been converted receive their benefits in their collective agreement. I have worked with the employer to ensure that safety protocols are in place for our CLC members to ensure their safety when they return to work. Last weekend, I had conversations with the employer about returning to work for our 750 Seasonal Recall members. These are just some of the issues that we have addressed. The word “repetition” is not ambiguous, the union argued. The collective agreement made it clear that the police could not choose someone who took a course and did not succeed until another interested person had the opportunity. But according to the police, Currie was not a so-called repeat offender.

In his decision, Kydd stated that the union had interpreted the collective agreement correctly, which stated, “No worker can take courses until all employees have had the opportunity to participate.” The police department searched for Davies to fill the position (he had identification training when working with the RCMP). He performed only the day-to-day tasks of the work, not technical identification work. But when the place was given to an officer who had already participated – and failed – the course, Fields and Davies cried. The collective agreement dictated that no public servant can re-teach if it would mean taking that opportunity from other workers. Ross Davies and Dean Fields, constaulators of the Charlottetown Police Service, had both applied for exclusive training at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa, which enabled them to land a job at the Charlottetown Police Inspectorate (then led by a single officer).

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