Media Release on behalf of the Saanich Police Board and Saanich Police Association
The collective agreement between the Saanich Police Board and Saanich Police Association expired on December 31 2015. In September of 2017, parties commenced bargaining the terms of a new agreement. Bargaining concluded in October, and both parties have now ratified the agreement.
The new agreement is for a three-year term ending December 31, 2018, and includes salary increases of 3.5% on January 1, 2016, 2.5% on January 1, 2017 and 2.5% on January 1, 2018. The negotiated increases are consistent with agreements reached by most other municipal police departments in British Columbia, and is consistent with agreements reached in Victoria and Central Saanich. There were other minor adjustments to benefits and allowances, and language updates to reflect current legislation and changes in practices. Particular attention was given to ensuring new language was inclusive of all individuals regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Saanich Police Board and Saanich Police Association are satisfied that this agreement represents a fair settlement in the context of the municipal police labour market.
Saanich Police Association:
Paul Douglas, President
Saanich Police Board:
Jereme Leslie, Public Information Officer