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MP Martin Shields asking for municipality feedback on RCMP retroactive agreement

Posted on February 2, 2022 by Taber Times

By Cole Parkinson
Taber Times
cparkinson@tabertimes.com

With the federal government agreeing to a retroactive salary agreement with the RCMP, Bow River MP Martin Shields is asking municipalities in his riding how they could be affected by the costs.

During Municipal District of Taber council’s regular meeting on Jan. 24, the letter was brought forward for discussion.

The letter highlighted six different points in terms of what the agreement is and what it could bring for municipalities across the country.

-Six-year retroactive salary agreement from April 2017 of 1.5 per cent per year.

-Includes market adjustments distributed over the course of the six-year contract, valued at 11.53 per cent, to address wage differences between RCMP and reservists and other police services in Canada.

-Lump-sum retroactive salary payments are planned to be made over four pay periods in February and March 2022, in accordance with the implementation timelines in the collective agreement.

-RCMP will only know the amount of retroactive pay paid through March 2022 once all pay files have been processed.

-Alberta Municipalities forecasts a one-time cost of $80 million.

-Rough oral estimate of $250 million cost to municipalities across the country.

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