This week, our bargaining team focused their efforts on union proposals. We spent a considerable amount of time in caucus finalizing our outstanding demands. We gave the employer a presentation on domestic violence, in support of our demand currently at the table. We also countered the employer’s demand on short-term disability plan (STDP) definitions in order to address coverage shortcomings in the current plan.
July 27, 2017
Members whose hours of work were changed in 2014 during bargaining with Treasury Board have won back pay and benefits after the union filed a complaint. The Federal Public Service Labour Relations Act, like other labour laws in Canada, contains a provision that freezes the terms and conditions contained in collective agreements on the day that notice to bargain a new agreement is given. The freeze continues until a new agreement is either negotiated or awarded by an arbitrator, or until a strike takes place.
July 25, 2017
While Parliament is in recess over the summer, members of CIU’s National Board of Directors across the country are taking lobbying training and bringing our message to Members of Parliament. We’re talking to MPs about what it means to work for the Canada Border Services Agency and the importance of achieving a contract that provides parity with other law enforcement agencies.
July 25, 2017
The new collective agreements for four of the Treasury Board units are now available.
July 18, 2017
We recommend that members file an appeal within 120 calendar days of their receipt of payment.
July 13, 2017
Our bargaining team met with the employer this week from July 11- 13, in Ottawa. The meetings provided us with an opportunity to clarify our position on a number of our proposals, including Maternity and Parental Leave, Injury on Duty Leave and Family-Related Responsibilities Leave. We also worked to strengthen the language of our Appendix “K”, Work Force Adjustment (WFA) provisions.
July 6, 2017
The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the right of adjudicators to rule on cases of termination resulting from revocation of reliability status. “For years, the employer has been using the revocation of reliability status for 'administrative reasons' as a way to prevent PSAC members and others from challenging these types of termination decisions using the collective agreement grievance process,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President.
July 5, 2017
We met the employer in May. We had some further discussion about our priorities to improve the plan, and on how we can update the plan document.
June 26, 2017
PSAC National President Robyn Benson has met with the Ministers of the cabinet working group on Phoenix to discuss recommendations by the union for fixing pay system problems. “This was an opportunity to share information that we are hearing from our members who work directly with the pay system,” said Benson. "I reiterated our recommendations, including the need to engage IBM to address the technological issues still plaguing the Phoenix system as well as ensuring the human resources capacity continues to be expanded and rebuilt.”
June 23, 2017
UPCE Local 80823 sent a message of support to their bargaining team and against concessions on job security, one of the main issues in negotiations with Canada Post. “We support our negotiating team!” the letter says. “Job security is important to us. Without it, our 19 members could be out of employment in our small town.” A copy of the original letter, with signatures of members of the local, can be accessed below.