In a press release just received it seems that the local police have settled their 2015 and 2016 contracts extending them into 2017.
The Midland Police Services Board is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of contract talks with the Midland Police Association. After negotiations extending over several months, the two sides recently reached settlements covering Uniform personnel and Civilian employees of the Midland Police Service.
The province-wide problem of spiralling police costs did not originate in Midland and the solution is not likely to originate here either.
Under the settlement for Uniform officers, First Class Constables will see their regular pay increase in several increments from $87,967 at the end of 2014 to $94,303 by the end of 2017. The pay increase becomes 7.2% at the end of the third year. The three-year cost to the Uniform budget is somewhat lower at 2% in 2015, 2.5% in 2016 and 1.25% in 2017.
Under the Civilian settlement, Special Constables who provide services such as court security will see their regular pay also increase in several increments from $67,398 at the end of 2014 to $71,187 by the end of 2017. The increase for Civilian employees becomes 5.6% at the end of the third year with costs to the Civilian budget of 1.5% in 2015, 1.5% in 2016 and 1.25% in the final year.
Police Services Board Chairman George Dixon says “The Board sees this settlement as fair not only for Police Service employees but also for Midland taxpayers. The Association made some real concessions in bargaining and the agreed pay rates are in line with pay scales at comparable police services. The province-wide problem of spiralling police costs did not originate in Midland and the solution is not likely to originate here either.”
Dixon adds “This settlement comes right after dispatch was contracted to Owen Sound and while the OPP is beginning a costing proposal for Midland. In times of change and uncertainty, the Board and the Association both recognize the value of having Collective Agreements in place for two more years.”
We wonder how long it takes for the local lobby group to slam the police service for taking raises above the desired zero percent?
The irony will be that this press release has a positive tone from the chair and co-chair of the police services board (MidlandCommunity.ca founders) so it will be awkward if Mr. Ellis etc come out swinging against their peers with similar disdain as they did to Council over the Fire Department contract… You read it here first.