Another hurdle has been cleared when it comes to an attempt by RCMP officers to form their first union,
The National Police Federation, which applied to represent 18,000 RCMP members, said a certification vote will be held this spring for Mounties to decide on the labour organization to represent them.
The Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board, which will conduct the vote, said the results will be sealed pending a decision whether 800 RCMP members in Quebec have the right to form their own union.
Officials with the Federation say this vote will be “historic” in what has been a struggle for representation by RCMP to deal with growing labour issues within the force.
“At last, after too many years of funding, resource and training shortages, RCMP members will have an opportunity to choose experienced, focused and fair national representation that will give them a voice at the decision-makers’ table on labour and employment issues and opportunities,” said Brian Sauvé, a NPF founder and co-chair.
“We hope that the Quebec Association leaders will appreciate that it’s in the best interest of all members nationally to move forward expeditiously.”
The date for the electronic vote has yet to be announced but details will be sent front-line officers.
Recently, the RCMP’s dispatch operators and wiretap monitors voted to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees. That made them the first sworn members of Canada’s national police force to unionize.
They are among the nearly 4,000 civilian employees that the RCMP is moving to the public service, leaving the force with only two categories of employees: public servants and police.