Government, RNCA ratify collective agreement

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Justice Minister Darin King speaks to reporters today about the provincial government and the RNCA ratifying a collective agreement. — Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram

The provincial government and members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Association (RNCA) have ratified a collective agreement reached on March 20, it was announced today.

Under the new agreement, a police officer taking maternity/adoption/parental leave may be eligible to receive more than 90 per cent of his or her weekly pay rate, each week for up to 17 weeks of leave.

The agreement also includes elimination of severance pay, and effective Sept. 30, 2013, severance pay will no longer be accrued by employees.

Those who currently meet the qualifications for severance can opt to take a one-time payout, and may elect to receive this payment by notifying the employer prior to Sept. 30.

“This agreement provides new benefits for members of the RNCA, such as a new maternity-parental leave benefit which will see income top-up for new parents,” said Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy.

“It is also in keeping with the current fiscal reality of the province, in that severance pay will be eliminated in an effort to achieve sustainability. We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the RNCA that achieves a balance between both groups.”

RNCA President Tim Buckle said members accepted the agreement with more than a 90 per cent majority.

“The recruitment of females in this non-traditional workplace makes the RNC that much more attractive for young women and families by providing this financial support during periods of leave for parental reasons,” he said.

Salaries for RNCA members are determined through a compensation formula using analysis of comparable sized police forces across the country.

Organizations: Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Association

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  • Precendent
    April 05, 2013 - 07:36

    History shows that the first labour deal becomes the template for all the following deals. No wage freeze for the RNC and no pension changes. I must be wrong but I always thought people on maternity leave had to make due on EI. If so, then I'm surprised to hear that a person can collect EI and still receive pay from their employer?

  • overpayed
    April 05, 2013 - 06:49

    In. A time of restraint you have new Rnc officers starting off at 75,000 dollars. On top of that their pay gets topped up while on maternity. Meanwhile they got a raise a few months back and get another one soon. Corrections officers, sheriff's officers are cut to the bone and get no raise and are paid a lot less. I guess they will still get free coffee at Tim Hortons too, where most of them hang out all day. What a farce!

  • EDfromRED
    April 04, 2013 - 20:20

    I guess a government/dictatorship that despises and ignores it's people has to keep the police happy. Funny how crime is more prevalent. I guess the RNC is too busy being at the beck and call of politicians and protecting Muskrat Fall's for NALCOR.

  • David Wilson
    April 04, 2013 - 14:50

    This does not surprise me in advance of a large general labor strike by NAPE.