City Going After Province On Arbitration Reform

- September 20th, 2012

The city is really turning the screws on the province when it comes to arbitration reform.

West Carleton-March Coun. Eli El-Chantiry, the head of the police board, is virtually screaming for changes as he sees police salary increases rise across the province. It only takes one or two police services to give substantial salary increases to give arbitrators a reason to match.

The province’s arbitration system was one of the key points during the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Ottawa last month. El-Chantiry and Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli (a lawyer by trade who specializes in labour and mediation) met with Labour Minister Linda Jeffrey.

And now, Mayor Jim Watson has followed up with a letter to Jeffrey calling for “structural changes” to the arbitration system for emergency services.

Then there’s this recommendation to the police board to write to Premier Dalton McGuinty, Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur, PC Leader Tim Hudak and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to essentially keep the OPP contract costs down. If the OPP sign a big collective agreement, it would trickle down to Ontario municipalities.

It seems the province is getting closer to make some kind of change to the arbitration system. The Tories have a bill and the Liberals will have their own proposal. They’re both on the same page with wanting to do something, but we’re left to see if they can find common ground.

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Follow City Hall reporter Jon Willing on Twitter at @JonathanWilling and at ottawasun.com

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