Salaries for the agreement, which expired in 2013, ranged from a third-year constable at $US 68,584 to a sergeant at US$102,467 per year. This area does not include the chief of police who is not part of the union. In addition to the Nelson Police Association, the city`s workers are represented by three other unions. If you have questions about your rights at work, the best person you can talk to is your local steward or executive. You will know the specific details of your agreement. Weber said the new agreement contained salary increases almost identical to a recent deal at Delta, one of BC`s 10 municipal police forces. All CUPE members work under the protection of a contract called a collective agreement. Your local union negotiates the terms of the agreement. Elected local union leaders also work with the employer to resolve issues in the workplace. Mayor Deb Kozak said the city has set aside money every year since 2013, pending retroactive payment. But the increases of the next few years must be budgeted. She said the total additional cost of the city`s budget will be $24,000 for 2013 to $350,000 in 2019. The city`s contract with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers expires in April 2017.
The Union of Canadian Public Employees (CUPE) recently sent the city on strike after negotiations got bogged down. CUPE`s contract expired in 2015. If you would like a hard copy of your collective agreement, please speak to your steward. If you don`t know who your steward is or how to reach your contact, contact the CUPE office near you. „The increases are in line with the industry standard for municipal policing in BC,” said Sgt. Brian Weber, president of the police federation. „This is a fair deal for us. The city got a concession for the period of illness from the bank, and we won a few for the training allowance and Family Day, the new statistical holiday.
It was a good gift and a fair catch. The City of Nelson and the Nelson Police Association have signed a new collective agreement that provides for wage increases of 2.4 per cent per year retroactive to 2013, when the current contract expired until 2019. In addition, the police authority (funded by Council) will hire another officer and a support person in the new year, as the Provincial Director of Police Services asked it to do so last year following its audit of Nelson Police personnel. This represents a cost of approximately $150,000 in 2017. Asked about the impact this could have on property taxes, she said: „As with other cost increases, council will consider its overall budget and ultimately decide whether they can reduce or control other costs.” The contract gives the policy a 17 percent increase over seven years. Asked about the tone of the negotiations, Weber said, „It was professional and concise,” while Kozak said, „We had a good positive relationship at the negotiating table.” Asked why it took three years to get a new contract, Kozak, who heads the police bureau, said: „Police and firefighters are reluctant to start negotiations until they see settlements in the rest of the province.” Weber said that while he is happy with the contract, Nelson`s policy is still the lowest paid in the province. . . .