Our hearing at the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board (FPSLREB) about the 2.3% market adjustment we were denied in 2016 was previously scheduled to occur this week (June 22-24). To our great disappointment, all FPSLREB hearings, including ours, were postponed due to COVID-19. A new hearing date has not been scheduled yet by the FPSLREB.
We are still very active on this case and the employer has not been cooperative with some pre-hearing disclosure. This was the cause of the delay back in December. We have been escalating this matter and our lawyers are working on this. We are ready and it is far from over. You can rest assured that if this is not resolved by the time we hit the bargaining table, it will be one the first items brought up. We are not done with this by any stretch of the imagination.
The Public Service Police Operations Support group (PO – TCO and IMA subgroups) is pay matched to the Civilian Member Law Enforcement Support group (LES – IM and TO subgroups). These groups are pay matched to the Regular Member (RM) pay and have been decades. This may change during the collective bargaining process; however, our position is that it has not changed yet and no changes to this pay structure has ever been communicated to us.
In 2016, RMs were given a 2.3% market adjustment pay increase and we were denied this same pay increase. Around the same time, we applied for union certification and the RCMP has been trying to re-write history after the fact.
We will not let this go. By all accounts, we should have been provided this same pay increase in 2016 and we will keep fighting to make sure that we get it.