Tentative agreement reached with Quebec City’s police force

Tentative agreement reached with Quebec City’s police force

Quebec City (Quebec) 10 June 2015 – The Quebec City police force (Service de police de la Ville de Québec) has been without a union contract since January 1, 2014. Serious negotiations have been going on for a good six months and it appears that finally an agreement has been reached between the Labeaume administration and the brotherhood of police officers in the city.

Up until January of this year police officers in Quebec City were wearing jeans and camouflage pants in a sort of quiet protest against the city to attract awareness to their plight. In January 2015 the new president, Marc Richard suggested the officers stop wearing the contradictory garb as a show of support to open negotiations.

The main stumbling block to the agreement was the rejection of the city’s renewed offers for the force’s pension plan which involved cuts and paybacks for lost revenue from the past.

The new contract, which should be signed during the week of June 15, will be for the next four years as is the norm for most of the city’s union agreements. According to the new president, Marc Richard the negotiation period was relatively short as compared to other years where it has taken sometimes up to two and three years to come to a conclusion.

M. Richard was elected the new president in October of 2014.

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