Canada : Bill 15 negotoations get mixed reviews
Negotiations with city employees came to an end ahead of the provincial deadline with what the administration considers to be an excellent success rate. According to information released by the city,
90 per cent of retirement plan restructuration agreements were signed before July 31, while 76 per cent of collective agreements have been renewed for the next few years.
Mayor Marc Demers made mention of the difficulties imposed by Bill 15, adding that he always believed that negotiations would work. The city also noted that back in 2013, agreements were reached that made it easier to bring current negotiations to a conclusion, all while reducing costs for citizens.
With regards to retirement agreements, the city has reached an entente with all employees groups with the exception of the Fraternité des policiers de Laval; talks will continue with the police service in the coming weeks.
As for the collective agreements, 10 out of 13 groups have current agreements with the city (notably, the white-collar professional and technical services employees who signed on July 27).
Still in negotiaton are the blue collar workers union, the Fraternité des policiers de Laval and the leisure service auxilliaries, who are connected to the Alliance de personnel professionnel et administratif de la Ville de Laval.
Following the negotiations, oppposition councillors from Parti Laval suggested that Mayor Demers perhaps did not have good reason to laud the city’s negotiation skills.
Jean Coupal and Michel Trottier believe there is a serious lack of transparency when it comes to the negotiations. They see no significant gain for the city and say that council was not informed about the details of the negotiations; in other words, no one has seen any numbers.
“I understand the mayor’s excitement over the negotiations...[but] the city will have to support an additional annual charge of over $10 million,” said Fabreville councillor Michel Trottier.
According to calculations made by Parti Laval, Laval taxpayers will be bailing out the town’s coffers in the amount of $40 million over the next 15 years.