Anishinabek Police Service Collective Agreement

DeSousa said GSP officials “don`t want a deal that would take their police department even further behind their colleagues.” Members of the PSAC have also attempted to go beyond the usual range of policing services. In a new initiative, the department that serves the municipalities of Pic River and Pic Mobert, on the shores of Thunder Bay, began offering food service to the municipality as soon as the lockdown began in March. With a single call, residents can request a trip to the store or provide a list of items for a constabulator that they can buy and deliver to their home. The service is available for the duration of the pandemic. A relatively small fighting force, the SPG divisions are scattered over a wide geographical area, from Kettle Point, near Sarnia, to Fort Williams, just outside Thunder Bay, more than 800 kilometres away. Unlike the Ontario Provincial Police and other municipal police forces that serve adjacent areas, the GSP has long been underfunded by the provincial and federal governments. This has resulted in comparatively lower salaries and benefits for frontline officers and also means that First Nations communities continue to be served by a reduced number of officers. However, despite the crucial role played by frontline officers, GSP is still not recognized as an essential service by the provincial and federal governments. This is what constables continue to do through their union and the pandemic has clearly shown the critical nature of their work.

Funding for the service is negotiated through a tripartite agreement with the federal, Ontario and member countries, with Canada providing 52 per cent of the funding and Ontario providing the balance. The union, which represents public servants from the Anishinabek Police Service (APS), says it turned down the employer`s final contract offer because it would have taken them further behind other First Nations police services. GSP officials are playing a key role in limiting the spread of COVID-19 by monitoring access roads to their communities and ensuring that only local transport occurs. These checkpoints are critical because many First Nations are in areas where medical care is limited, meaning an outbreak would be particularly difficult to manage. Cst. Sgt. Laroque also notes that progress has been made in recent years in improving wages and that work is underway to align the retirement plan with those of non-Indigenous police forces. She attributes this tendency to the union by saying that “psac has been decisive beyond all words” to improve working conditions in the service. However, when lockdown and isolation operations rapidly increased in March, officials from different departments quickly adapted to support their communities in an additional way, even when a public servant tested positive for COVID-19, requiring the isolation of several other resources and continued to expand limited resources at a critical time. Dialogue and debate are an integral part of a free society and we welcome and encourage you to share your views on the themes of the day. We ask that you be respectful of others and their views, not to offend personal attacks and to stick to the subject.

To learn more about our feedback policies and how our community mode works, please see our Community Policies. Sharon DeSousa, a spokeswoman for the PSAC, said the union was surprised that the employer “instead of negotiating with us went with an offer to members that contained even more cuts than they had last agreed at the bargaining table.” Staff Sergeant Chantal Laroque is in the Nipissing Department and serves on the PSAC Executive, which represents apS front officers. . . .

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