Thursday, July 25, 2019

RCMP members vote to unionize

The Richmond News is reporting that "Members from Richmond RCMP, along with their colleagues throughout Canada, have voted to unionize. It is still unknown, however, how much more it will cost the City of Richmond once a collective agreement is hammered out." Wow.

"Close to 15,000 National Police Federation (NPF) members took part in a cross-country certification vote conducted by the Federal Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (FPSLREB). With a 97 per cent majority vote, the NPF is now able to begin collective bargaining with the federal government, and on July 15 took the first steps in the process by serving the Treasury Board with a notice to bargain."

97%?! I've never heard of a certification vote that high before. That says something. It speaks to the bullying and sexual harassment. They say the company gets the union is deserves.


  1. I'm not a big fan of unions but if RCMP management didn't want it, it's got to be a good thing.

    1. Exactly. People can debate the pros and cons of unionization until the cows come home. There clearly are problems within the RCMP management and this might help address that.

  2. This doesn't surprise me . My city is pushing for a local police force due to the dissatisfaction of RCMP

  3. Many RCMP rank and file have wanted a Union since back in the 1980s. Finally the RCMP have the same rights as other workers in Canada. Had the RCMP rank and file had a Union and a collective agreement, much of what went on might have been stopped years ago. Grievances, can go to arbitration and an independent third party can settle matters. Financial compensation could also have been awarded and the whole process could have been open to the public. That alone might have slowed some of the ugliness down.

    Am not aware of the Union they joined or their reputation, but certainly if the rank and file play this correctly, they will come out ahead and it won't just be the money, but the working conditions and how promotions are conducted. It may also have some "bad apples" removed from supervisory roles.


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