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Mayor hopes negotiations between Saint John Police Association and Commission will resume

23-Jan-2020

Saint John Mayor Don Darling, speaking on behalf of the city, is disappointed to learn that the Saint John Police Association walked away from negotiations with the Saint John Police Commission this week.

After meeting with the Commission for a very short period of time, the Saint John Police Association today announced their application for a conciliation officer. The almost immediate decision of the Police Association to walk away from negotiations is discouraging since we need them to part of a solution for a sustainable Saint John. The City stresses that free collective bargaining should be possible, even in times of fiscal restraint.

“It is within the mandate of the Police Commission to negotiate with the Police Association,” says Mayor Don Darling. “And I have complete confidence that the Commission has the best interests of the Police Force, its sustainability and our taxpayers during these negotiations. I truly hope that both parties can return to the table to continue the conversation in a respectful and productive manner.”

“As a City, we have committed to addressing our cost problem,” adds Darling. “Every service within the City must be part of the solution to help achieve growth, cost-savings and long-term financial sustainability for Saint John. This includes controlling the budget for salaries and wages.”

The City will continue to respect and monitor the collective bargaining process and support the efforts of the Police Commission. 

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