FB group calls for pension commitment in bargaining

“Twenty-five and out” plan raised at bargaining table and in Pension Advisory Committee

Employees in the FB bargaining unit are law enforcement personnel. We are subject to the same rigorous employment standards as other law enforcement workers in Canada and we enforce dozens of laws and international trade agreements. Yet we do not have access to a retirement regime that reflects the work that we do.

Pension commitment

While pension modification is not subject to collective bargaining under the law, we  reiterated our demand in bargaining this week to get a written commitment from CBSA and Treasury Board that they will support an early retirement regime consistent with what is in place for other federal law enforcement personnel.

PSAC National President Robyn Benson has placed the need for pension reform for PSAC-represented CBSA employees and National Defence firefighters on the agenda for the Public Service Pension Advisory Committee. CIU National President Jean-Pierre Fortin has also raised the issue directly with Minister Blaney. We will continue to push this initiative at all levels.

Other improvements

This week, we tabled our proposal to enhance legal indemnification rights for FB workers, ensuring that union members would be legally protected in the event that members of the public take legal action against an employee for performing their duties. Given our recent experiences, we told CBSA that we do not trust CBSA management and better protections are required.

We also discussed:

  • our proposal for new protections for officers getting “H”ed on designated paid holidays
  • our proposal to improve access to telework for non-uniformed officers
  • CBSA’s roll out of a new system for uniform allotment
  • issues related to inland enforcement

Agreement on task force on mental health

PSAC reached a deal with Treasury Board on a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a joint task force on mental health. PSAC tabled the proposal in January to ensure a more proactive approach to improving mental health. The task force, made up of an equal number of union and employer representatives, will have a long-term focus on continuous improvement and the successful implementation of measures to improve mental health in the workplace.

We are meeting again in May. For more information, and to see our proposals and those of the employer, visit psacunion.ca/fb




March 27, 2015