In negotiations this week with Treasury Board/CBSA, our FB bargaining team made it clear that we do not plan to back down on sick leave, despite the government’s threat to circumvent negotiations using provisions in Bill C-59. The Bill authorizes Treasury Board to unilaterally modify collective agreements to remove sick leave and impose a short and long term disability plan.
The Supreme Court established the right to collective bargaining as a Charter right – and we will continue to defend that right. We reminded the Treasury Board and CBSA that we are law enforcement personnel that are trained to uphold and respect the Charter. We expect nothing less from our employer. We explained at the bargaining table that our union will fight the government on this every step of the way.
We don’t trust CBSA
In this round of bargaining, our position was reiterated: we are seeking additional protections in the context of discipline and anti-discrimination language. We are also seeking better protections in the context of health and safety, injury on duty leave and have tabled language to speed up the grievance process. Treasury Board rejected our proposals to improve job security provisions in our contract, including Workforce Adjustment. We told them that status quo on this issue is unacceptable and that our seniority should be respected.
We do not trust CBSA management and therefore need to strengthen protections in our collective agreement.
Over the course of the summer and into the fall, CIU and PSAC will be organizing events in support of our collective bargaining rights and a fair contract. If you have any questions, speak with your branch president.