The PSAC/UTE Bargaining Team met with the CRA on June 20-21 to commence negotiations for a new collective agreement. The bargaining team made it clear to the CRA that while the union is ready to negotiate in good faith, the union won't accept any attempts to roll back important gains, and that we intend to secure improvements in this round of bargaining.
Our bargaining priorities include:
- Fixing problems in the workplace. There have not been negotiations for a new contract with the Agency since 2012. From hours of work, to term employment, to the use of students, many new problems have arisen since that time that require new protections for our members.
- Increased leave and work-life balance for PSAC/UTE members.
- Securing the same gains that have been achieved in other negotiations. Since the last round of bargaining, other federal employers have agreed to significant new rights and improvements in negotiations with PSAC and other unions. PSAC/UTE will not settle for less in this round.
The two sides exchanged non-wage-related proposals during this round of bargaining. A copy of PSAC/UTE proposals and those of the employer are available. PSAC/UTE will be tabling wage proposals at a future date once the union has received and analyzed employer payroll data.
Negotiations are scheduled to resume the first week of July. Members will be provided with updates as bargaining progresses. As always, membership solidarity and support are the key to us achieving a fair contract. Together we can make CRA a better place to work.