FAQ about our TC group tentative agreement

When will we vote on the deal?

Ratification votes are currently being held across the country. They will conclude on April 13th, 2017, after which the results will be announced.

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 June 22, 2014, expiring June 21, 2018. This means that you are entitled to back pay for the period of time you were employed and a TC member from June 22, 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 current employee who is a member of the TC bargaining unit on the date of signing of the new agreement, and who did not receive a group specific salary adjustment. The employer has 150 days after the date of signing to pay the bonus.

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

Unfortunately, no. The signing bonus is only given to members of the unit who are currently employed in the TC bargaining unit on the date of signing, and who did not receive a group specific salary adjustment.

How do I know if I received a group specific salary adjustment?

The group-specific salary adjustments are:

  • Roll-in the remaining value of the terminable allowance to Appendix A-1 and an additional increment of four percent to the maximum rates of pay at all levels for Marine, Rail and Air Technical Inspectors.
  • Increases to the monies paid in Appendix W to EG and GT members working in shore-based positions at Canadian Coast Guard (CCG).
  • New allowance of $3,000 per year for Fishery Officers (GT-02 to GT-05)
  • New allowance of $3,000 per year for Enforcement and Wildlife Officers (GT-02 to GT-5) at ECCC
  • New allowance of $3,000 per year for Technical Inspectors (TI-03 to TI-07) employed at Measurement Canada
  • New allowance of $3,000 per year for Labour Affairs Officers (LAO) at the TI-05 level
  • New allowance of four percent for Search and Rescue Coordinators (GT-05) working at Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC)
  • Additional increment of four percent to the maximum rate of pay of PI levels.
  • New allowance of $2,500 for EG-06 at Fleet Maintenance Facilities (FMF).

All adjustments come into effect as of June 22, 2016. Further details can be found in the TC ratification kit.

Why didn’t my group receive a salary adjustment?

In June 2016, your Bargaining Team tabled a comprehensive wage proposal that extended salary adjustments to more groups that those listed above. Unfortunately, the employer was unwilling to recognize any pay inequities beyond those addressed in the tentative agreement.

The fact that we were able to secure gains for some groups opens the door to obtaining more in the next round. Therefore, if your group believes that there are issues of comparability, retention, recruitment pay disparity, or other challenges, please submit bargaining demands that seek to address these problems, along with substantiating rationale in support of these demands.

If ratified, the TC collective agreement will expire on June 21, 2018. This means that the call for bargaining input will likely be issued in 2017. Each local is asked to submit demands, so please be ready to use this process to provide both demands and substantiating rationale. The more you equip your Bargaining Team to effectively advocate on your behalf of members, the better the chances of success.

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March 15, 2017
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