“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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?
- Primary Response Unit
- Community Response Unit
- Emergency Task Force
- Financial Crimes Unit
- Forensic Identification Services
- Homicide Squad
- Mounted Unit
- Marine Unit
- Police Dog Services
- Public Safety Unit
- Sex Crimes Unit
- 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.
Toronto Police Services Board
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Union: Toronto Police Association
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.
January 1, 2015
December 1, 2015
|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|
January 1, 2016
July 1, 2016
|Constable 3rd Class||$75,626||$75,967|
|Constable, 1st Class||$94,524||$94,949|
January 1, 2017
July 1, 2017
|Constable 3rd Class||$77,106||$77,415|
|Constable, 1st Class||$96,373||$96,759|
January 1, 2018
|Constable 3rd Class||$78,769|
|Constable, 1st Class||$98,452|
4th , 3rd, and 2nd Class constables hired after the date of ratification will receive rates as follows:Â 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].
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].
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:Â 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].
Compressed Workweek [new addition]:Â To be established to look at the uniform agreement workweek and shift schedules.
2-Officer Patrol Cars [new addition]:Â To be established to look at a new ratio of 2 officer patrol cars.