The arbitrator will try to counter a fair and reasonable agreement. The definition of what is “fair and reasonable” begins with the consideration of other collective agreements in the same sector and geography to be used as comparators. The Vancouver Police Union, which represents more than 1,450 police officers, prison guards and special agents of the Vancouver Police Service, is committed to protecting and promoting the interests of our members by serving the citizens of our community 24 hours a day. This should not indicate that police salaries accurately reflect differences in the cost of living in each municipality (which would swing the pendulum at the other extreme), except that local economic conditions cannot be ignored. But the de facto pay parity of the police throughout the country suggests that cities and/or arbitrators favour wage parity over local economic conditions. I think this imbalance needs to be corrected. “Arbitrators should in any event “point” to external wage parity, as this would stifle free collective bargaining and would never allow for local economic concerns, regardless of the seriousness of the regulation or the influence on wage agreements. Why would [firefighters] ever accept something less than external wage parity, when arbitration would inevitably lead to the imposition of pay parity with other fire groups in the province? The City of medical hat wants to be a big employer. We want to set a good example for the private sector, but the choice is not between a private company (looking for profits) and a union – it is the taxpayer and the police. It is in the public interest for both of them to have fair business. And the cost of local living needs to be more taken into account in each subdivision. I would like the police to feel appreciated, but higher and higher salaries, which exceed inflation, will take a turn.
The question is not whether, but when. Wages are not the only way to improve the working conditions of the police. I`m sure there are creative alternatives to entertain a great font. As I explained in my previous column, the nature of service calls has changed dramatically and we need to reform our emergency measures to meet these new needs. Medicine Hat was rich enough in the past to use money to document these topics, but that is no longer the case. The Vancouver Police Union (UPV) is a union representing 1,450 police officers, prison guards and special agents from the Vancouver Police Service in British Columbia, Canada.  Paying The Hat Medicine Police more than the Toronto police hurts us because we do not have the same purchasing power as Toronto. The cost of living is cheaper in Medicine Hat, so work is cheaper – it`s one of the main competitive advantages of small towns. These are difficult conversations, because the police are essential to a community. It is tempting to say that the policy is worth all the amounts, given what they put on the line every day.
But it is an unrealistic position. Politicians must always balance competing values. My job is to have difficult conversations with respect. Bruce J.A. found that arbitrators who simply use external wage parity to resolve wage disputes distort the collective bargaining process. Wage parity is a formal term for similarity in wages.