The Oak Bay Police Union and the Oak Bay Police Board settled by an interest arbitration for a wage increase . (Oak Bay News file)

The Oak Bay Police Union and the Oak Bay Police Board settled by an interest arbitration for a wage increase . (Oak Bay News file)

Oak Bay Police Union gets retroactive wage increase

Oak Bay Police Board and the union entered arbitration following a long negotiation

The Oak Bay Police Union and the Oak Bay Police Board, represented by the Greater Victoria Labour Association (GVLRA), have come to an agreement on a wage increase following a “long and respectful negotiation process.”

RELATED: Oak Bay, police head for arbitaration over pay

Both parties entered arbitration covering a four-year term ending on Dec. 31, 2019, which sees a general wage increase of 2.5 per cent in each year. The agreement includes three years of retroactive wage increases. The collective agreement between the Oak Bay Police Board and the Oak Bay Police Association expired December 31, 2015.

READ MORE: Saanich police receive pay raise under new contract

In early 2018, the Oak Bay Police department argued that their pay should be in line with other departments, despite their smaller staff and geographical area, citing the double homicide of Chloe and Aubrey Berry in 2017, and the 2007 murder-suicide of Peter Lee, who killed his wife, child and in-laws.

VIDEO: Father charged in Oak Bay Christmas Day killings

“We are pleased negotiations have been resolved and that arbitrator [Stan] Lanyon’s findings are fair,” said GVLRA board chair and Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch in a statement. “He affirmed and clarified the police employer negotiation rights.”

Oak Bay Police Department

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Forty-two residential properties in Oak Bay were assessed the speculation and vacancy tax in 2019 for a total of $693,000. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
74 Oak Bay property owners paid $693,000 in spec tax

42 properties were assessed with the SVT in 2019

Staff at Artemis Place Secondary were shocked to find that one of the student-built greenhouses on the campus was stolen overnight on Jan. 11. (Artemis Place Society/Facebook)
Saanich school hopes to catch greenhouse thief red-handed

Student-built greenhouses stolen from Artemis Place Secondary on Jan. 11

Rendering shows murals decorating the proposed tiny home community in the Caledonia/Vancouver street parking lot next to Royal Athletic Park. (Courtesy Aryze Developments)
Tiny homes project on Victoria parking lot gets boost from council

Shipping container neighbourhood stems from Aryze Development idea

Jail cell - Reporter file photo
Two of Greater Victoria’s most notorious teenaged killers have parole privileges extended

Derik Lord gets overnight privileges while Kelly Ellard’s are extended

A woman wears a face mask and shield to curb the spread of COVID-19 while walking in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday, January 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
536 COVID cases, 7 deaths reported as B.C. finds its first case of South African variant

Henry said 69,746 people have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine.

Two toucans sit on tree at an unidentified zoo. (Pixabay.com)
BC SPCA calls for ban on exotic animal trade after 50 parrots, toucans pass through YVR

One toucan was found dead and several others were without food

Smaller egg farmers find themselves in a David and Goliath situation when it comes to major producers and chain-grocery store shelf space. (Citizen file)
Vancouver Island egg producer cries foul over ‘Island’ label

Egg farmer frustrated with regulations allowing mainland-laid eggs to be labelled ‘Island’

Police and fire crews at work at a fire scene at Mount Prevost School (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Classes cancelled by fire at a Duncan-area school for the second time this week

Fire this morning at Duncan area middle school follows Monday blaze at nearby elementary

Nanaimo RCMP seek public assistance after numerous tire slashings between Jan. 12-14. (News Bulletin file)
Police seek public’s help after ‘tire slashing spree’ in central Nanaimo

Ten reports of slashed tires in the last three days, say Nanaimo RCMP

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials says it will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 12

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

50 km/hr speed limit sign.
POLL: What do you think the speed limit should be on residential streets without a centre line?

Traffic on side streets around Greater Victoria could soon be travelling at… Continue reading

Most Read