country. Kevin Klein, who is also president of the Winnipeg Police Council, told CBC News Mayor Brian Bowman “played and lost” in his arbitrary attempt to change the police pension without further negotiations with the union. “It is quite clear that all the legislation in force at that time or at any time was not included in the collective agreement,” LaBossiere said. “We have said all the time that the changes to our pension benefits imposed by Mayor Bowman and his inner circle in the City Council are a violation of our collective agreement – and the arbitrator`s verdict means they must be completely reversed.” The union is targeting $2.8 million — $50,000 for the federation and $2,000 for each of its 1,400 police members. “Most of all, we expect you to conclude that the city itself knows it shouldn`t be here,” LaBossiere told Werier. “That this is a political game in which members of the police association, the seniors` association, are used as peasants. WINNIPEG — A lawyer for the union representing police officers said at an arbitration hearing Tuesday morning that the City of Winnipeg was wrong to believe it had the authority to make unilateral changes to the police retirement plan outside the collective bargaining process. A five-year collective agreement, ratified Monday by the Winnipeg Police Association, calls for the civilization of the Winnipeg Police Service`s central processing and reading units, in which officials treat suspects or read reports. However, this year, the policy will receive a pay increase of 2.49%. This increase will increase to 2.61% in 2018, then to 1.63% in 2019, to 1.61% in 2020 and to 1.59% in the last year of the contract.
“I think the city has breached its obligations under the pension plan and the recognition clause in Article I of the agreement. As part of the agreement, the association was denied the right to negotiate for its members an extremely large benefit, their pension,” Werier wrote in its decision. LaBossiere made these comments when Werier began hearing arguments Tuesday morning at the RBC Convention Centre following the City Council`s recent changes to the Winnipeg Police Retirement Plan. “For more than 40 years, the parties have interpreted the collective agreement as you would expect,” he said. The contract also allows auxiliary police officers to perform more duties instead of uniformed public servants. Cadets will be able to accompany traffic hazards, escort suspects inside the police prefecture, monitor buildings at headquarters and fill vacancies in the police patrol unit, according to the report. Pending ratification of the CUPE and police agreements, the city still has several other unions without an employment contract. The contract also reduced the minimum hours the police are paid to attend the court of justice while they work off-duty or overtime. Civilians and cadets will assume more uniformed officer duties as part of the employment contract between Winnipeg and its police union. The current officer service table is over 1,400, which means the city will pay more than $560,000 in additional penalties for what Adjudicator Michael Werier said, “the stress on police officers considering their retirement options.” During the oral proceedings, LaBossiere indicated that the pension plan had been established by a provision and that part of that directive, through collective agreement negotiations between the parties and the parties, had regularly and systematically attempted to negotiate changes to the pension plan during collective bargaining.