Protesters hold up posters and banners: « European wages for railway workers, » « Collective agreements, » « Corruption will destroy the railway, » « We demand repair of rolling stock, » « We demand job quality certification. » The Vancouver Police Union received its charter from the Trades and Labour Council (TLC) as the Vancouver Police Federal Association, Local 12, on July 15, 1918, making it the second largest union police force in Canada. Unlike many other police unions, the UPV survived the counter-reaction against police organizations after the British police strikes of 1918 and 1919, the Boston strike and the Winnipeg general strike in 1919. Police unions have been banned in many legal systems and subsequently reduced to « police associations ». As a result, the VPU was the first police union to be certified in 1945 under the new industrial relations regime and remained one of the few rank and file police organizations to be covered by labour law. It has therefore had an advantage in collective bargaining with issues such as mandatory arbitration in disputes with the administration compared to other police organizations.  The VPU is the rate representative for approximately 1,300 members of the Vancouver Police Department and negotiates employment contracts. It also represents its members in disciplinary proceedings and cases relating to the Workers` Compensation Act and the Employment Standards Act. Through its president and spokesman, Tom Stamatakis, the union acts as a political lobby on behalf of its members and has taken a strong stand on issues such as the Insite Safe Injection Site in Vancouver, calling it a « barrier-free disaster » for downtown Eastside and saying that all it has accomplished is creating a « sense of well-being » for the homeless population.  The union also questioned The credibility of Sam Sullivan as chairman of the police committee.  Criticism of the Vancouver police force has been publicly denounced by the union, particularly lawyers Phil Rankin, Cameron Ward and John Richardson of the Royal Pivot Society.
 – 25% increase in salaries for workers, engineering and technical staff, who perform regular management duties at Ukrzaliznytsia, medical staff of railway medical facilities.