CFIA bargaining team tables wage and job security proposals

The Employer and our CFIA bargaining team met in Ottawa from February 28 to March 2, 2017.

Our team tabled and discussed the following demands:

  • Pay proposal
  • Employment Transition Policy (ETP)

Our CFIA bargaining team has now tabled nearly all of our non-monetary proposals.  We are still waiting for a full response from the employer on these important demands.  We hope that progress can be made in the next sessions, which are currently scheduled for May 2-4 and May 30-June 1.

Our team is committed to making improvements to our collective agreement and is rejecting all concessions that will compromise our rights and benefits. To date, the employer has only tabled concessions.

Pay Proposal

The proposal’s main goal is to close the gap between PSAC members at CFIA and other comparable workers in the federal public service. It should be the employer’s goal too.

We spent a great deal of time preparing a pay proposal that addresses some of the pay inequities faced by our members at CFIA. Our proposal not only provides for annual economic increases to reflect increases in the cost of living, but also includes wage increases to bring our members in line with others in the same classifications elsewhere in the public service.

The employer has yet to respond.

Employment Transition Policy (ETP)

The team tabled a proposal that would update the current ETP policy (Appendix B), which is similar to the Workforce Adjustment agreement for PSAC members under Treasury Board. Our proposal matches the gains PSAC made with Treasury Board and also addresses some of the unique challenges faced by our members at CFIA.

Stay informed and get involved

The PSAC Negotiator and our regional bargaining team members have already visited several workplaces in PEI, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. Visits in other regions are pending.

Our bargaining team will keep you informed throughout this process.

To stay informed and get involved:

Spread the word so we can keep the pressure on the employer and fight back against their concessions!

Our bargaining team:

Eryn Butterfield    

Rick Cormier            

Richard Hilson       

Bob Kingston                      

Terri Lee                   

Randy Olynyk        

Marlene O’Neil        

Jacques Rousseau            

Karen Zoller





March 6, 2017