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NCJ Number: 47911 Find in a Library
Title: POLICE BARGAINING IN CANADA - PRIVATE SECTOR BARGAINING, COMPULSORY ARBITRATION, AND MEDIATION-ARBITRATION IN VANCOUVER
Journal: CANADIAN POLICE COLLEGE JOURNAL  Volume:2  Issue:1  Dated:(1978)  Pages:133-161
Author(s): E G FISHER; H STAREK
Corporate Author: Canadian Police College Journal
Canada
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 63
Sponsoring Agency: Canadian Police College Journal
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3J2, Canada
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sale Source: University of British Columbia
Dept of Economics
Vancouver, BC,
Canada
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: THE HISTORY OF CANADIAN POLICE BARGAINING IS TRACED, AND THE VARIOUS LEGAL FRAMEWORKS AND FORMATS FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING USED BY THE VANCOUVER POLICEMEN'S UNION AND THE CITY OF VANCOUVER ARE ASSESSED.
Abstract: NEGOTIATING LABOR DISPUTES AND CONTRACTS BETWEEN THE POLICE AND THE CITY GOVERNMENT ON THE MODEL OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WHEREBY NEGOTIATIONS PROCEEDED UNDER THE THREAT OF STRIKE, PROVED UNWORKABLE, AS DID SUBSEQUENT ATTEMPTS AT COMPULSORY ARBITRATION. MEDIATION-ARBITRAION HAS BEEN ADOPTED AS GENERALLY ACCEPTABLE TO BOTH THE VANCOUVER POLICEMEN'S UNION AND THE CITY OF VANCOUVER. MEDIATION-ARBITRATION COMBINES THE POSITIVE FEATURES OF MEDIATION WITH THOSE OF ARBITRATION. IN COLLETIVE BARGAINING BETWEEN THE POLICEMEN'S UNION AND THE CITY, A SINGLE MEDIATOR-ARBITRATOR FACILITATES THE REACHING OF A CONSENSUS BETWEEN THE PARTIES, AND WHERE CONSENSUS CANNOT BE REACHED, ACTS AS AN ARBITRATOR TO FIX THE TERMS OF THE NEW CONTRACT. IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, THE SUCCESS OF SUCH A SYSTEM DEPENDS UPON THE EXPERTISE, SKILLS, INTEGRITY, AND IMPARTIALITY OF THE PERSON CHOSEN AS MEDIATOR-ARBITRATOR. MEDIATION-ARBITRATION IS GENERALLY ACCEPTED BY BOTH THE POLICE AND THE CITY GOVERNMENT AS BEING THE BEST WORKABLE SOLUTION IN THEIR SPECIAL SITUATION. IT IS RECOMMENDED AS A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE FOR THOSE GROUPS OF EMPLOYEES IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR WHO ARE RESTRAINED FROM STRIKING AFTER THE MANNER OF UNIONS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. ITS WORKABILITY, HOWEVER, IS ACKNOWLEDGED TO REST UPON ITS ACCEPTANCE BY BOTH UNION AND MANAGEMENT AND THE PROVEN SKILLS AND SATISFACTORY RESULTS ACHIEVED THROUGH PARTICULAR MEDIATOR-ARBITRATORS. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Arbitration; Canada; Foreign police; History of policing; Labor relations; Negotiation; Police unions; Strikes
Note: FRENCH VERSION ON P 151-161
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