Item Coversheet
Item #2.

Staff Report: 002-23


Mayor and City Council


Eric Holmes, City Manager




Ratification of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Vancouver Police Officers Guild
Key Points
  • Three-year collective bargaining agreement effective January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2025.
  • Rates of Pay for 2023 will be adjusted for all classifications by 6%, 2024 by 4%, 2025 by 4% for all covered classifications.
  • Established a retention incentive for longevity providing for 2% for 7-9 years, 4% for 10-14 years, 6% for 15-19 years and 8% for 20+ years of service at the Vancouver Police Department in order to attract and retain qualified Officers in support of Council’s community safety priority.
  • Effective January 1, 2024, increase deferred compensation contribution match to 2.5% for better alignment with relevant market. Clarify contract language to reflect the City’s current deferred compensation providers.
  • Administrative changes to paid days off and updating obsolete contract language to provide clarity and alignment with practice.
  • Updates to bring contract in compliance with state wage and hour laws and personnel records for law enforcement.
  • Increased management flexibility through changes to probation period of newly hired or promoted Officers and the elimination of language waiving right to bring new interest by either party during term of a contract.
  • Enhancements in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion by adding Juneteenth as a paid holiday, as well as utilizing inclusive language throughout the agreement.

Strategic Plan Alignment
Goal 2: Provide effective, innovative and well-resourced police, fire and emergency medical services
Present Situation
The labor agreement between the City Collective bargaining agreement between the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Police Officers Guild (VPOG) bargaining unit expires on December 31, 2022. The parties were able to work through a collaborative process and consensual decision making on many of the provisions for a new three-year agreement. The new labor agreement was recently ratified by the VPOG members and is now being brought to Council for approval.
If ratified, the City and bargaining unit will have a collective bargaining agreement and will be operating under an agreement that meets the business needs of both parties.
There are no known disadvantages to ratifying.
Budget Impact
The City of Vancouver Biennial Budget contains funding for the increases included in the collective bargaining agreement with the Vancouver Police. Based on where inflationary increases are during 2023-2024, the relevant budget will be included in both the City’s six-year forecast and in the 2023-2024 Biennial Budget.
Prior Council Review
Review of bargaining strategy and authority in executive sessions in third and fourth quarters of 2022.
Action Requested

Authorize the City Manager or their designee to sign the January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2025, Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Vancouver Police Officers Guild (VPOG), by executing the same.


Lisa Takach, Human Resources Director, 360-487-8611


2023-2025 VPOG Contract Track Changes Draft
2023-2025 VPOG Contract - Clean Copy