NAPS Labour Agreement Successfully Negotiated
On September 15, 2016, a new collective bargaining agreement was reached between negotiators for the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) and the union representing its police officers, the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Details of the proposed agreement have not yet been released, pending ratification by the full membership of the union. The officers were in legal strike position on September 16, 2016 after voting overwhelmingly in favour of a strike this past July.
Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) issued a statement expressing gratitude to both negotiating teams for averting the consequences of a labour action. NAPS polices 35 NAN communities in Ontario and is the largest First Nation police service in Canada.
Lawyers Julian Falconer and Marc Gibson of Falconers LLP provided support and advice to NAN and NAPS throughout the negotiation process.
In The News
NAN Statement on NAPS Labour Agreement September 15, 2016
Strike averted for Nishnawbe Aski Police Service in northern Ontario CBC, September 15, 2016
Police strike averted as NAPS tentative deal reached Timmins Press, September 15, 2016
PSAC Reaches Tentative Agreement with Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service Public Service Alliance of Canada, September 15, 2016