FAQ about the ratification process

How do I know if I am covered by the TC, PA, SV or EB agreements?

How can I find out what was negotiated?

What can I expect if I attend a ratification meeting?

How are vote results counted and released?

Can I ask someone else to cast my vote for me?

What personal documentation should I bring to the ratification vote meeting?

What are the minimum votes needed to have the tentative agreements ratified?

What happens if a tentative agreement is rejected?

 

How do I know if I am covered by the TC, PA, SV or EB agreements?

You are covered by the TC, PA, SV or EB agreement if you are employed by the federal government’s Treasury Board, you pay union dues to PSAC, and your job falls in one of the following categories:

PA Group (Program and Administration Services)

  • Administrative Services (AS)
  • Information Services (IS)
  • Programme Administration (PM)
  • Welfare Programs (WP)
  • Communications (CM)
  • Data Processing (DA)
  • Clerical and Regulatory (CR)
  • Office Equipment (OE)
  • Secretarial, Stenographic and Typing (ST)

EB Group (Education and Library Science)                   

  • Education (ED)
  • Library Science (LS)
  • Educational Support (EU)

TC Group (Technical Services)

  • Drafting and Illustration (DD)
  • Engineering and Scientific Support (EG)
  • General Technical (GT)
  • Primary Products Inspection (PI)      
  • Photography (PY)
  • Technical Inspection (TI)       

SV Group (Operational Services)

  • Firefighters (FR)
  • General Labour and Trades (GL)
  • General Services (GS)
  • Heating, Power and Stationary Plant Operation (HP)
  • Hospital services (HS)
  • Lightkeepers (LI)
  • Printing Operations (Supervisory) (PR(S))
  • Ships' Crews (SC)

How can I find out what was negotiated?

If you attend a ratification meeting, you will receive a ratification kit with all the proposed changes to the collective agreements. The ratification kits will also be posted on the PSAC website.

What can I expect if I attend a ratification meeting?

You will be asked to identify yourself when you arrive at the meeting. Only PSAC members in good standing are allowed to participate in ratification vote meetings. The changes to the collective agreement will be explained and you will hear from a bargaining team member and/or elected union officer. You will have an opportunity to get your questions answered. You will then be asked to cast your ballot.

How are vote results counted and released?

The vote is by secret ballot. The ballots cast at each meeting are counted by the PSAC Regional Office. The results from each region are compiled by the PSAC National Office. The results of the vote for each of the four bargaining units will be counted separately and an announcement will be made on April 13, 2017, as to whether each agreement was ratified or not. As usual, for strategic reasons, the actual numbers are not released.

Can I ask someone else to cast my vote for me?

There is no proxy voting and only members in good standing can vote. (PSAC Constitution, Section 4, Subsection 2).

What personal documentation should I bring to the ratification vote meeting?

No documentation is required; however, if you have a PSAC ID, bring it along to speed up the registration process.

What are the minimum votes needed to have the tentative agreements ratified?

For an agreement to be ratified, 50 per cent plus 1 of bargaining unit members who vote must vote in favour. 

What happens if a tentative agreement is rejected?

If a tentative agreement is not ratified, the regular bargaining process for that group will resume. A Public Interest Commission (PIC) may be appointed by the Minister on the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (PSLREB). A PIC may be composed of a single person or a panel of three persons. The PIC will report its recommendations for settlement within 30 days of its appointment to the Chairperson of the PSLREB, who will then make the report public.

For more detailed information on the regular bargaining process, and also on the ratification process, consult Regulation 15 of the PSAC Constitution and Regulations.

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February 13, 2017
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