Ontario’s Police Board Association is asking all it’s members to limit collective bargaining in an effort to co-ordinate the process and curtail rising policing costs.
But Hamilton may go against the association’s wishes and “go it alone” if local contract talks provide a good deal.
Hamilton Police Services Board Member and City Councillor Lloyd Ferguson says if there is an attractive deal, they’ll take it.
The directive was sent out this week by the Association and it says policing costs have risen at twice the rate of inflation over the past decade and a half.
Wages and benefits now take up between 80 and 85 per cent of overall policing costs.