CUPE Local 79 Questions City of Toronto’s Wage Hike “Double Standard”.

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CUPE Local 79 (City of Toronto Inside Workers). There are 28,000 inside workers. Local 79 members include child-care and shelter workers, nurses, cleaners and planners. Half are part-time or full-time temporary city workers. The Toronto Police Service has approximately 5,400 uniformed officers/undercover officers and 2,500 civilian employees. Its’ officers are among the best paid in Canada. There are no part-time or temporary/casual police officers, only full-time. 90% of the billion+ 2016 police budget, goes to wages and benefits of police.

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“We’ll continue to ramp up this work-to-rule campaign,” says head of inside city workers’ union.

City negotiators are offering 28,000 inside workers salary hikes far below those handed to others, including Toronto police officers, according to the workers’ union.

Tim Maguire, president of CUPE Local 79, refused to specify police by name, saying only “other employee groups,” but left no doubt he was referring to the hike of 8.64 per cent over four years approved by city council last year with Mayor John Tory’s blessing.

“There are other employee groups that received wage increases in the last few years that are not close to what’s on the table for our members,” Maguire said Wednesday as contract talks, and the inside workers’ work-to-rule campaign, dragged on another day.

“It’s a fair question why workers represented by Local 79 — primarily women, thousands of youths — ought not to achieve a wage increase that is not at the same level.”

On Monday Tory defended raises given to police officers — half of whom earned $100,000 or more in 2014 — as marking a record low in the Toronto service’s history. He also said the Toronto Police Association agreed to more than $200 million worth of changes to their benefits.

Former Mayor Ford (on left) & current Mayor Tory (on the right). As Mayor in 2011, Ford approved an 11% raise for police over four years, Mayor Tory just approved an 8.64% for police over four years. Tory approved the $billion+ police budget (90% of the budget is for wages/benefits for police) and then became concerned about being fair to taxpayers with regard to the union’s demands proposed by CUPE’s Local 416 (outside workers) and Local 79 (inside workers). The Union is making sure the public is aware of this hypocritical position of Tory. Between 2011-2018 Toronto police have received pay raises of almost 20% (19.64%).

While the go-slow campaign started Monday is aimed at inconveniencing city managers and not the public, Maguire gave an example of a kids’ swim teacher who has only 15 minutes to fill out several report cards.

“They’re going to do what they can but, if they’re not finished those remarks in those 15 minutes, they’re either going to not do it or they’ll ask for overtime to compete those tasks,” Maguire said.

In a statement Wednesday rebutting several of Maguire’s statements, Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong said: “We have not seen any issues related to the work to rule. As far as we are concerned, it is business as usual in the city.”

More than 30 Local 79 members marched together out of a city social services office in Scarborough once in the morning, and again in the afternoon, as they took their 15-minute breaks, said Denise Azeez, a case worker.

 

Police officer leaning on a Bobcat at a construction site at the corner of Yonge & Queen Street. Toronto Police Officer performing "paid duty" at $65.00 an hour, for a minimum of three (3) hours.
More and more Toronto police are earning over one hundred thousand dollars a year. In 2016, more than 60% of police will earn that figure. In addition to their wages and overtime (for showing up to court to testify), police receive paid duty, which allow officers to reach over $100,000.00 every year. As of July 1, 2014 police constables on paid duty earn a minimum of $204.00 per day, sergeants earn a minimum of $229.50 per day and staff-sergeants earn a minimum of $255.00 per day.

Maguire said that if the city doesn’t start moving on key issues, “We’ll continue to ramp up this work-to-rule campaign.”
Minnan-Wong urged Local 79 to agree to the same tentative contract reached last week with negotiators for Local 416, representing 5,400 outside workers.
If Local 416 members approve the proposed deal on Thursday, that could put pressure on Local 79 leaders to settle.

The City of Toronto was very quick to pass the $billion+ dollar budget (with 90% of it going to wages/benefits), with a 8.64% raise (following an 11% raise) for 5,200 full-time police. Following the approval of the billion+ dollar budget, during negotiations with CUPE Locals 79 & 416, suddenly Mayor Tory became concerned about fairness and taxpayers. Two considerations not even mentioned by Mayor Tory during the discussion and passing of the billion+ police budget. The City of Toronto was very quick to pass the $billion+ dollar budget (with 90% of it going to wages/benefits), with a 8.64% raise (following an 11% raise) for 5,400 full-time police officers. Following the approval of the billion+ dollar budget, during negotiations with CUPE Locals 79 & 416 (representing full-time, part-time and temporary inside & outside workers), suddenly Mayor Tory became concerned about fairness and taxpayers; two considerations not even whispered by Mayor Tory or Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong during the discussion and passing of the billion+ police budget. In 2014, over half (52%) of Toronto police officers earned over $100,000.00 a year. With Tory’s recent raise, police who will earn over $100,000.00 every year will rise dramatically over the next four (4) years.

“Any deal achieved with Local 79 must share the fundamentals of the deal with Local 416,” he said. “While there are some differences between each of the bargaining units, they are all city employees.”

The city’s current offer to Local 79 “includes a wage increase and language changes that will help us provide city services in a more effective manner in areas such as mobility of the workforce, stability in the cost of benefits, reduction in absenteeism and improved scheduling for part-time workers,” Minnan-Wong said.

“We continue to work hard at the table and agree this has been a long process; there are four employee groups, part-time and full-time employees. Hard bargaining can often take a long time.”

Maguire said the locals have different types of members doing different jobs. Local 79 members include child-care and shelter workers, nurses, cleaners and planners. Half are part-time or full-time temporary city workers.

The City of Toronto (led by Mayor Ford) approved an 11% raise for police over four (4) years. Police had a raise of 3.2 per in 2011, a three (3) per cent raise in 2012 & 2013 and a raise of 2 per cent in 2014. the City (led by Mayor Tory) approved a raise of 8.64 per cent over four years. This means that the City of Toronto, led by two different Mayor's, approved a raise of 19.64 (almost 20%) over 8 years (2011-2018) or 2.5% every year, over 8 years.
The City of Toronto (led by Mayor Ford) approved an 11% raise for police over four (4) years, in 2011.  Police had a raise of 3.2 per in 2011, a three (3) per cent raise in 2012 & 2013 and a raise of 2 per cent in 2014. In 2015, the City (led by Mayor Tory) approved a raise of 8.64 per cent over four years. This means that the City of Toronto, led by two different Mayor’s, approved a raise of 19.64 (almost 20%) over 8 years (2011-2018) or 2.5% every year, over 8 years.  See Toronto Police chart below.

Salary, Benefits, Career Development

Our commitment is you!

The Toronto Police Service is committed to its employees both on duty and off duty and to prove this commitment, the service provides its members with some of the industry’s leading salaries, comprehensive benefits, effective wellness programs and the chance to develop their personal and professional skills though rewarding opportunities.

Salary and Benefits

The following table represents the salary structure for Toronto Police Service Constables, as of May 2015.

Toronto Police Service Base Salary

Cadet in Training$58,220
4th Class Constable$66,165
3rd Class Constable$75,626
2nd Class Constable$85,079
1st Class Constable$94,524

 

Compensation and Benefits

As a full-time employee of the Toronto Police Service you will be entitled to the following compensation and benefits:

  • Family Health Care Plan,
  • Family Dental Plan,
  • Vision/Hearing Care,
  • Pay Direct Pharmaceutical Card,
  • Life Insurance,
  • Paid Vacation,
  • On-site fitness facilities,
  • Access to the Employee Credit Union,
  • Pension Plan (OMERS),
  • Education Reimbursement (up to 50% tuition reimbursement for job related courses),
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program,
  • Parental/Maternity Leave.

Career Development

The Toronto Police Service is serious about personal and professional development and therefore, prides itself in providing its members with the most up-to-date training resources available in the field to ensure that each and every officer’s personal and professional developmental ambitions are fulfilled.

One way to ensure personal and professional satisfaction is the choice given to members. With over 180 different career opportunities within the Toronto Police Service, members are encouraged to seek out the challenges that interest them the most. Where do you see yourself?

  1. Primary Response Unit
  2. Community Response Unit
  3. Emergency Task Force
  4. Financial Crimes Unit
  5. Forensic Identification Services
  6. Homicide Squad
  7. Mounted Unit
  8. Marine Unit
  9. Police Dog Services
  10. Public Safety Unit
  11. Sex Crimes Unit
  12. Traffic Services

For those individuals interested in increasing their organizational leadership with the service, the Toronto Police Service offers its members a chance to participate in the promotional process in order to move up the organizational ranks.

Below are the various rank insignia found on the epaulettes of Toronto Police Service uniforms.

Rank Insignia

Toronto Police Services Board

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Union: Toronto Police Association
Affiliation: Independent-local
Number of employees: 5,650
Bargaining unit: police officers
see Human Resources and Skills Development Canada link, outlining the following:

A 48-month renewal agreement, effective from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2018, settled in April 2015 at the bargaining stage. Duration of negotiations – 6 months.

Wages

Effective
January 1, 2015
Effective
December 1, 2015
General Adjustments2.00%0.75%
Annual rates
Constable 3rd Class$73,954 [$72,504]$74,509
Constable, 1st Class$92,433 [$90,621]$93,127
Staff Sergeant$116,928 [$114,635]$117,805
Effective
January 1, 2016
Effective
July 1, 2016
General Adjustments1.50%0.45%
Annual rates
Constable 3rd Class$75,626$75,967
Constable, 1st Class$94,524$94,949
Staff Sergeant$119,572$120,110
Effective
January 1, 2017
Effective
July 1, 2017
General Adjustments1.50%0.40%
Annual rates
Constable 3rd Class$77,106$77,415
Constable, 1st Class$96,373$96,759
Staff Sergeant$121,911$122,399
Effective
January 1, 2018
General Adjustments1.75%
Annual rates
Constable 3rd Class$78,769
Constable, 1st Class$98,452
Staff Sergeant$124,541

Classification Adjustments

4th , 3rd, and 2nd Class constables hired after the date of ratification will receive rates as follows:  3rd Class constable will be paid at the rate of the 4th class for the first 2 months; a 2nd Class constable will be paid at the rate of the 3rd Class for the first 4 months and a 1st Class constable will be paid at the rate of the 2nd class for the first 6 months [new addition].

Hours of Work

Office and technical employees who regularly work day shift, 35 hours per week; all other employees, including office and technical employees who regularly work day and afternoon shifts on a rotating basis, 40 hours per week [unchanged].

Paid Holidays

10 designated days plus 1 floating holiday and an addition of 7 or 8 hours, depending on weekly scheduled hours per week in lieu of Family Day for employees [unchanged].

Paid Vacation

2 weeks earned after 1 year, 3 after 3, 4 after 9, 5 after 15, 6 after 21 and 7 after 27 [unchanged].

Health and Welfare

Physiotherapy:  Effective January 1, 2016, $3,000 per year [not available].

Psychological/Family Counselling: Effective January 1, 2016, $3,500 [$2,200] per year.

Sick Pay Gratuity

New employees hired after ratification will no longer receive Sick Pay Gratuity [new addition].

Labour-Management Committees

Compressed Workweek [new addition]:  To be established to look at the uniform agreement workweek and shift schedules.

2-Officer Patrol Cars [new addition]:  To be established to look at a new ratio of 2 officer patrol cars.

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