Thunder Bay – The Public Service Alliance of Canada’s (PSAC) bargaining team met with the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) and a conciliation officer on September 14 and 15 2016, to attempt to negotiate a fair agreement before being in a legal strike or lock-out position on September 16, 2016.
PSAC’s bargaining team was able to secure a tentative agreement that we will be putting forward to the membership.
“I am very proud of our bargaining team for all their work and to the officers who stood strong and lobbied their provincial and federal political representatives to fund First Nations policing effectively”, says Sharon DeSousa, PSAC Regional Executive Vice President for Ontario.
Ratification meetings will be set up where members will have an opportunity to learn about the new tentative agreement and democratically vote to decide whether to reject or accept the agreement.
“Our officers are thankful for the overwhelming support we received from the communities we service during this difficult round of negotiations” states Jason Storkson, a police officer in the community and the union local president. “We are proud of the work we do and are working hard to make our First Nations Policing program the best it can be.”