EB bargaining: Demanding fair market adjustments

Our EB bargaining team met with the employer four times over the past week and a half, with discussions centering on our pay proposal, sick leave, workforce adjustment and other outstanding proposals.

PSAC pay proposal

We tabled proposals for a variety of fair-market adjustments to our members’ wages to address longstanding wage gaps. In addition, we also proposed four new allowances and an improvement to an existing allowance.

  • ED-EST (12-month teachers): In 2011, a joint pay study was completed, demonstrating an average national wage gap of 29 per cent for ED-EST, 12-month teachers. PSAC is proposing a 29 per cent market adjustment in order to fill this gap. In addition to these adjustments, we proposed restructuring pay grids to one national wage grid based on the Ontario grid.
  • ED-EST (10-month teachers, principals, vice-principals) and EU members: PSAC is proposing a 15 per cent market increase for our ED-EST (10-month teachers) and EU members to address a wage gap. Eighty-five per cent of these members are Indigenous, the vast majority being Indigenous women who deserve fair and equitable compensation.
  • LS members: For LS librarians, we are proposing a 10 per cent market increase in order to address a wage gap.   

Workforce adjustment

Treasury Board held to its position that the Workforce Adjustment Appendix does not require any changes. We strongly disagree, given the stress and turmoil that so many PSAC members faced during a four-year period of public sector cuts and layoffs.

Treasury Board’s position came in response to numerous PSAC bargaining proposals tabled to ensure that WFA operates in a fair, transparent and impartial manner.

“This is an insult, especially coming from a Liberal government that campaigned on the promise to restore respect to the public service,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President.

Sick leave

Our position on the employer’s short-term disability plan remains unchanged, but we continue to seek either a renewal or improvements to the current sick leave regime.

In a meeting this week, the Coordinated Issues Committee, which includes representatives from all five PSAC bargaining teams for the core public administration, said that any short-term disability plan must reside in the collective agreement.

Other Discussions

  • We discussed other outstanding proposals
  • We tabled a proposal for “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”
  • We signed off on administrative language on volunteer and personal leave.

EB sub-committee

In addition to discussions with the Treasury Board, the EB sub-committee discussed the ED-EST (12-Month Teacher) pay study and proposal that we’ve been working toward for over a decade. This sub-committee is composed of 12-month teachers representing federal institutions from coast to coast.

Stay informed and get involved

Our bargaining team will keep you informed throughout this process. In the coming weeks, we will advise you of the next round of bargaining dates. Watch this page for updates and be sure to talk to your colleagues about the importance of supporting our union throughout this process.

Get involved and spread the word, so we can keep the pressure on the employer and fight back against concessions.

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June 24, 2016
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