Under the new agreement, a police officer who receives parental and maternity benefits may receive more than 90% of his weekly salary per week for up to 17 weeks of leave. The agreement provides for new parental and maternity benefits and eliminates the reseding of civil servants. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Association and the provincial government have agreed on a contract. Wages are not included in collective bargaining and are determined by a defined compensation formula. On September 20, 1969, a five-member committee was elected with deplorable working conditions that did not include a collective bargaining or redress procedure and the lowest salary for each Canadian police unit (gross monthly salary for constabulary seniors was $441.67). This committee, led by Constable Tom Fraize, was known as the Police Fraternity. The government and the RNCA, which represents about 350 high-ranking members of the force, said in a statement that salaries are set by “a compensation formula using comparable police analysis across the country.” On February 2, 1970, in the hope of obtaining information about the Brotherhood, a sub-council spied on 32 (32) members of the evening shift. The 32 or so MPs present wrote a letter to Chief Edgar Pittman. They requested the transfer of the under-communication company to another department. The Chief considered the letter to be a violation of discipline and responded by suspending the 32 (32) members for 30 days.
The other MPs, about 150, said they would strike (which they were not allowed) if the others were not reinstated without penalty. Prime Minister Joseph Smallwood weighed in. He said: “Either discipline must be restored to constabulary, or it must be dissolved.” The 150 MPs responded to the threat from the Prime Ministers by ending their work and thirty-five (35) NB joined them. Below are copies of existing collective agreements or declarations of intent involving the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) is the oldest police force in Canada with roots dating back to 1729 and was reorganized in 1871 in Newfoundland Constabulary. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded Newfoundland constabulary the “Royal” prefix in 1979 in recognition of its proud history in that province. Today`s NCR is the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Police. Before the province came to Canada in 1949, the RNC was the National Police Force of the Dominion of Newfoundland. Contracts with the major public sector unions, NAPE and CUPE, expired more than a year ago.