RCMP Contract Agreement: A Comprehensive Overview
In February 2020, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) signed a new collective agreement with the National Police Federation (NPF). This agreement, which covers more than 20,000 RCMP members, brings a number of significant changes to the way the force operates.
One of the biggest changes in the new contract is the introduction of a long-awaited pay increase for RCMP members. Under the agreement, most members will see a salary increase of 7.25% over the course of the next three years. As a result, the starting salary for an RCMP constable will increase from $53,144 to $77,825 by 2023.
In addition to the pay increase, the new contract also includes a number of other changes that are designed to improve working conditions for RCMP members. For example, there are new provisions to address issues related to harassment and discrimination in the workplace, as well as improved supports for members dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues.
Another significant change is the creation of a new classification system for RCMP members. This system will provide greater clarity around job responsibilities and requirements, and will help to ensure that RCMP members are being paid fairly based on the work they are doing.
The new contract also includes changes related to working hours and scheduling. For example, members will now be able to take more personal days off each year, and there are new provisions to ensure that members are not required to work excessive overtime. There are also new provisions to address issues related to shift work, and to ensure that members are being compensated fairly for their work.
Overall, the new RCMP contract agreement represents a significant step forward for the force and its members. With improved pay and working conditions, as well as greater clarity around job responsibilities and requirements, RCMP members can feel more secure in their jobs and better equipped to serve their communities. While there is still much work to be done to address ongoing challenges within the force, this agreement represents a positive development for the RCMP and the communities it serves.