Another Ontario police force has an arbitrated settlement and it’s worth noting since the Ottawa Police Services Board and the Ottawa Police Association are waiting for a decision on their own contract.
An arbitrator has awarded Waterloo Regional police officers increases of 2.7% in each of 2012 and 2013 and 2.95% in 2014, according to The Record.
Those percentage increases are what police managers and politicians keep a close eye on across the province.
Ottawa is trying to keep its police salary increases to 2.5% annually. Officials on the management side are anxious to get the decision since it was expected a couple of weeks ago. I recently tried reaching the arbitrator to find out what’s taking so long but didn’t receive a response to a voice message or e-mail.
Senior officers in Ottawa negotiated a new contract with the police board. In that deal, it appears the board was successful front-loading the increases (four-year deal with annual increases of 3% in first two years and 2% in last two years) so the next negotiations begin where the final year leaves off at 2%.