CFIA bargaining: Talks continue, pay system concerns discussed

Our CFIA bargaining team met with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency April 19-21 in Ottawa. We continued discussions on non-monetary proposals and agreed in principle to a number of administrative / house cleaning items.

The employer has not yet presented any proposals on sick leave / STDP.

Phoenix pay system

Our union bargaining team raised concerns about the implementation of the Phoenix pay system and its impact on our members. We were reassured that the employer is working hard to resolve these issues. PSAC Members at CFIA who are still facing pay issues as a result of the new pay system should contact the employer at  Further information is available on the PWGSC  and PSAC websites.

Also, please note that members are entitled to access priority pay if they have not received their pay on time.

Supporting our sisters and brothers on the picket line

While in Ottawa, the bargaining team joined the picket line of PSAC members at the OLG (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation) who have been locked out since mid-December 2015.

More bargaining dates set

The team set future bargaining dates with CFIA, to  take place June 7-9, July 12-14 and October 4-6, 2016. Stay informed: sign up for bargaining updates and make sure your membership information is up to date.

The PSAC Negotiator and your regional bargaining team members are continuing workplace visits across the country. Stay tuned and make sure you attend these important meetings.

Support our bargaining team

PSAC will be holding a national day of action on June 8th, with events in every region. Our members at CFIA are encouraged to take part and show their support for the bargaining team. More information about events in your area will be available in the coming weeks through your PSAC regional office and the PSAC national website.

Show your support! Please contact your local union representative for your “I Support My Bargaining Team” bracelet.

Finally, we want to thank you for sending us pictures in support of our bargaining team.

We look forward to your continued support!

Your bargaining team is:

Eryn Butterfield    

Rick Cormier            

Richard Hilson       

Bob Kingston                      

Terri Lee                   

Randy Olynyck        

Marlene O’Neil        

Jacques Rousseau            

Karen Zoeller



April 28, 2016