Waterloo Regional Police Services Board and Police Association Negotiate Amended Agreement

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Waterloo Regional Police Services Board and Waterloo Regional Police Association Negotiate Amended Agreement

The Waterloo Regional Police Services Board and the Waterloo Regional Police Association are pleased to announce they have negotiated an amended agreement relating to the 2015-2019 Collective Agreements for both uniform and civilian members.

Members voted in favour of the agreement over a five-day period from August 7, 2019 to August 11, 2019. The amended agreement was presented and approved by the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board on Friday, August 16, 2019.

“We are pleased to have reached this amended agreement and are confident these changes will provide positive and progressive changes that will ensure the Waterloo Regional Police Service is well positioned to meet the current and future needs of our community,” said Karen Redman, Chair of Waterloo Region.

This amended agreement sets out several positive changes and includes measures to improve operational effectiveness while enhancing the quality of life for the members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service.

“We are extremely pleased to have reached an agreement that reflects the needs of our members,” said Mark Egers, President of the Waterloo Regional Police Association. “We want to thank all the members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service for their continued patience and support during this bargaining process.”

Some of the highlights of the amended agreement include: 

  • Transitioning both the uniform and civilian Central Sick Bank to a long-term and short-term disability plan
  • Paid lunch periods for all civilian members, effective July 1, 2020
  • A commitment to outsource the Job Evaluation Process to an independent third party and to conclude the Market Survey for civilian positions
  • A three-year pilot for a 12-hour shift schedule that will commence in January, 2020

“The work involved in these negotiations was significant and this historical agreement will result in a modernized Service that will set a new course for the police Service, our community, and the most important assets of our organization - our members,” said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police for the Waterloo Regional Police Service. “I want to thank both the members of the Police Services Board and the Police Association for coming together and achieving an agreement that puts our members first.”

Negotiations for the next collective agreements will commence in 2020.

Media Inquiries:

Cherri Greeno

Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Information

Executive Branch

Waterloo Regional Police Service

519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8773

cherri.greeno@wrps.on.ca

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