It should be noted that the police are designated as an essential service. This weakens a union by removing its most powerful bargaining instrument – its ability to strike. So we have to be particularly careful with our relationship. The Vancouver Police Union, which represents more than 1,450 police officers, prison guards and special agents of the Vancouver Police Service, is committed to protecting and promoting the interests of our members by serving the citizens of our community 24 hours a day. Another reason why local economic conditions are not reflected in police salaries is the distinction between the lack of willingness to pay a commune and the insolvency of a commune. That is an important distinction. A city has much more power than a union since the city council controls the budget. However, we cannot simply use the budget to justify why we can no longer pay. This principle is articulated in another arbitration, Hamilton Police Services Board and the Hamilton Police Association 2002. Arbitrator Kenneth Swan wrote that a city council cannot simply control arbitration through a budget procedure. Our budget is a factor, but it does not exceed all other considerations about what a fair wage is. In other words, the city council cannot just say, “We cannot afford to pay them.” The first thing that strikes is the similarity of wages across the country. Lacombe, with a population of 13,000, pays its municipal police roughly at the level of wages in Canada`s largest cities.
The hat medicine police are paid more than the Toronto police. The Vancouver Police Union received its charter from the Trades and Labour Council (TLC) as the Vancouver Police Federal Association, Local 12, on July 15, 1918, making it the second largest union police force in Canada. Unlike many other police unions, the UPV survived the counter-reaction against police organizations after the British police strikes of 1918 and 1919, the Boston strike and the Winnipeg general strike in 1919. Police unions have been banned in many legal systems and subsequently reduced to “police associations”. As a result, the VPU was the first police union to be certified in 1945 under the new industrial relations regime and remained one of the few rank and file police organizations to be covered by labour law.