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. In other words, the arbitrator can`t just say medicine to the police should pay X, because the Toronto police paid X. I voted against the 2017-2020 collective agreement (up 8% over 4 years) in April 2019. My voice is not ideological. I am not automatically for or against unions. With this specific collective agreement, I felt that local economic conditions did not justify this wage increase. The Commission often has to balance competing values, and these are difficult discussions. This is particularly the case for discussions on union wages. Referee Stan Lanyon works by motivating all arguments.
He agreed with the union that Delta`s collective agreement was not a good comparator, as economic conditions and working conditions vary widely in Vancouver. But he disagreed with Calgary and Edmonton. In Lanyon`s 2014 and 2016 decision, he wrote that wages in Alberta were “too rich” for Vancouver and were not fair comparators because of Alberta`s unique provincial economy (at least at that time). From 2001 to 2015, wages in Alberta increased by 17.6% more than those in British Columbia. Negotiations on the new contract began in mid-2019, city manager Eric Holmes told city council on Monday, and the broad outlines of the deal had been agreed before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. The delay in ratification is due to the fact that it took several months to translate these conditions into a language of the treaty that satisfied both parties. It is always better for the city and the police union to get an agreement without an arbitrator, but it is helpful to understand how arbitration works to better educate the public, what kinds of balances and trade-offs are to be expected. Finally, a binding conciliation is the hammer that hangs over any collective bargaining. The wage increases were due in part to increases in the Vancouver Police Guild`s 2020-22 collective agreement, which guaranteed its members annual wage increases of between 3 and 4 per cent, depending on rank and level of experience. The Vancouver police include recruits, officers, corporals and NCOs. The UPV represents collective agreements for approximately 1,300 members of the Vancouver Police Service and negotiates employment contracts.
It also represents its members in disciplinary proceedings and cases relating to the Workers` Compensation Act and the Employment Standards Act. Through its president and spokesman, Tom Stamatakis, the union acts as a political lobby on behalf of its members and has taken a strong stand on issues such as the Insite Safe Injection Site in Vancouver, calling it a “barrier-free disaster” for downtown Eastside and saying that all it has accomplished is creating a “sense of well-being” for the homeless population.  The union also questioned The credibility of Sam Sullivan as chairman of the police committee.  Criticism of the Vancouver police force has been publicly denounced by the union, particularly lawyers Phil Rankin, Cameron Ward and John Richardson of the Royal Pivot Society.  The Vancouver Police Union argued that the neighbouring delta collective agreement was not a fair comparator. Instead, the union proposed to use Calgary and Edmonton.