FAQ about our EB group tentative agreement

When will we vote on the deal?

PSAC is currently preparing the ratification kits for the EB membership. These kits will explain the changes that were negotiated and why our EB Bargaining Team is recommending that members accept this tentative agreement. Information meetings will be held across the country so that EB members can hear from a Bargaining Team member and ask questions prior to casting their ballot on the tentative agreement. The ratification vote process takes approximately six to eight weeks to conclude. Information on ratification meetings will be shared via the PSAC national and regional websites when it becomes available.

Ratification votes are being planned for the near future. Check the PSAC National Union’s web site for planned dates and sign up for email updates to stay informed.

When will the deal come into effect?

If a majority of members vote “yes” in the ratification vote, PSAC will meet with the employer to sign your new collective agreement. With the exception of wages, which are retroactive, the new negotiated provisions come into effect on date of signing, unless otherwise specified.

Who will get back pay (retroactive pay) for the negotiated economic increases?

The new collective agreement is retroactive to July 1st, 2014, expiring June 30, 2018. This means that you are entitled to back pay for the period of time you were employed and a EB member from July 1st, 2014.

When can I expect the employer to pay the retroactive pay?

The employer has 150 days from the date of signing to implement the provisions of the new collective agreement, including adjusting rates of pay and issuing retroactive pay.

Who will get the signing bonus?

As part of your economic package for this tentative agreement, a $650 signing bonus will be given to any employee who is a member of the EB bargaining unit on the date of signing of the new agreement. The employer has 150 days after the date of signing to pay the bonus.

If I retired recently or left the EB bargaining unit, will I get the signing bonus?

Unfortunately, no. The signing bonus is only given to members of the unit who are employed in the PA bargaining unit on the date of signing.

If I am eligible for the Correctional Service Specific Duty Allowance, will the increase be retroactive?

Increases to allowances are not retroactive. The employer has 150 days after the date of signing to implement the changes and issue payment of the allowances.

Why are there different wage adjustments given to different sub-groups of EB members?

The reason is due to market adjustment information based on comparable positions that we had on some classifications. The wage adjustment will come into effect on the third year of the collective agreement, as of July 1st, 2016. ED-EST, ED-LAT and EU will receive a 0.5% wage adjustment, the ED-EST 10 month and LS members will get 3% wage adjustment and the ED-EST 12 month will receive a 4% wage adjustment.

Why do we have an expansion of the definition of family?

One of our proposals was to expand the definition of family in order to reflect the reality of what the members were living and also to include different members of the family unit.

What is happening with the ED-EST 12th month teachers’ pay study and its related appendices?

Throughout negotiations, Treasury Board refused to acknowledge the result of the pay study, as they consider the study to be invalid. Your Bargaining Team made several presentations to the employer on the long standing wage gap existing between the ED-EST 12 month teachers and their external market comparators such as school boards. Despite this compelling evidence, Treasury Board refused to consider any type of compensation to address the last twelve years since we signed a Memorandum of Understanding to do a pay study and to close the wage gap.

Treasury Board would only agree to rolling-in the Transitional Market Allowance into wages, an increase to all rates of pay of 4%, and to a committee to establish national rates of pay. Their agreement was conditional to the deletion of Appendix J and L. This was a difficult decision for your Bargaining Team, as they know how long members have waited for action to address their pay inequities. Your Team wanted to secure as much as they could for members in this round of bargaining, and use these achievements as a foundation for future action.

What is this Memorandum of Understanding about national rates of pay?

A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been agreed upon to create a joint committee in order to conduct an analysis and research to establish national rates of pay for the ED-EST 12 month teachers. The work of the committee is to be completed by June 30, 2018. As it happened with other tables in the past, PSAC is committed to address the issue of pay zones across the country and have a national rate of pay for its EB members affected by this inequity.



February 27, 2017