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Police Services Board ratifies collective agreement

Board and Police Association worked collaboratively to find a number of internal efficiencies and financial savings while ensuring a high level of service to the community
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NEWS RELEASE
GUELPH POLICE SERVICE
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The Guelph Police Services Board yesterday announced that it has reached a five-year contract settlement (Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2023) with the Guelph Police Association following contract negotiations throughout 2019 and 2020.

As part of these negotiations, the Guelph Police Services Board conducted an extensive review of comparative police agencies to ensure salaries, benefits and other collective agreement items were representative as well as within the median range. The settlement aligns the Guelph Police Service with their Police comparators as well as the Guelph Fire Department.

The Guelph Police Services Board and Guelph Police Association worked collaboratively to find a number of internal efficiencies and financial savings while ensuring a high level of service to the community. This long term contract ensures we are well positioned to deliver consistent and effective policing services to our community.

“I am pleased to announce the signing of the ratification of this collective agreement. I would like to thank both negotiating committees for their work and commitment in arriving at a mutually beneficial agreement,” said Mr Bob Carter, chair of the Police Services Board.

“The Association is very pleased that both parties were able to freely negotiate a long-term collective agreement and didn’t have to resort to interest arbitration. There were a number of important issues to be addressed, and the Association is pleased with the outcome of the collective bargaining process. Both parties worked hard to find common ground to address workplace issues and ensure that our members are treated fairly,” said Matt Jotham, president of the Guelph Police Association.

The Guelph Police Service is the 14th largest municipal police service in Ontario with 323 members and an operating budget of $45.6 million. The Service is responsible for the delivery of policing services to the more than 160,000 citizens of the City of Guelph and is built on the values of Pride, Service and Trust.

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