Mayor's position on Family Day deepening divide with Toronto Police

    The dark side of Family Day continues as City of Toronto only
    municipality in GTA to deny holiday to police

    TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - City of Toronto Mayor David Miller's
proclamation on a local radio station, Friday morning (February 15th), has the
Toronto Police Association (TPA) deeply agitated. The Mayor announced that he
"would not begrudge people of a holiday" despite the $5 million dollar cost to
the city. "It is really sad to see the Mayor give every other City of Toronto
employee the Family Day and avoid the issue with the TPA," said Dave Wilson,
president of the TPA. "It is the wrong signal to be sending to the Toronto
Police officers and is yet another symptom of the deteriorating relationship
between City Hall and the TPA."
    The Mayor has stated that the issue is between the Police Services Board
(PSB) and the TPA. And yet it is a well-known fact that the Mayor controls the
PSB through his position on the board, the appointment of two city councillors
(Pam McConnell and Frank DiGiorgio) and the city council appointed PSB Chair
(Alok Mukherjee). "The Mayor continues to duck the issue," said Dave Wilson,
"and we all know that his disdain for the TPA couldn't be clearer with his
lack of position on why we are not being treated fairly and given Family Day
with the rest of the City of Toronto employees."
    The Police Service currently receives 12 days off which is the same as
the Firefighters and less than Locals 416 and 79. All of the other unions
within the City of Toronto have been given Family Day outside of the
bargaining process - a reward not given and still unexplained to the TPA.
    The City of Toronto is the only municipality in the Greater Toronto Area
(GTA) to deny their police service the Family Day. In fact, Family Day or a
day in lieu has been given to every major police service in the province
(including the Ontario Provincial Police, but excluding the Niagara Regional
    With the growing number of Toronto Police Service employees residing
outside the City of Toronto, combined with the competition for attracting new
recruits, and retaining existing police, every facet of employment becomes
heavily scrutinized. "We are on the eve of the perfect storm," said Dave
Wilson. "The actions or non-actions by the Mayor send a very strong message
that is recognized by all members of the TPA. His persistent lack of support
is extremely damaging and has serious ramifications on a variety of issues
that all members of City Council and citizens of Toronto should have an
immediate concern about."

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