Our PSAC/CIU FB bargaining team addressed a number of economic proposals with the employer during bargaining the week of September 21. In addition to reiterating our position concerning the need for pension reform, we raised the following:
- A paid meal period;
- A much-needed increase in shift and weekend premiums;
- A fitness allowance;
- Two shifts of paid firearm practice time per year;
- A plain clothes allowance for EIOD staff and Hearings Officers.
We also discussed our proposals to ensure better access to leave with income averaging as well as telework.
On the issue of telework, during the pandemic, we once again asked the employer if T2200 tax forms – which certify that an employee is required to work from home and lets them claim certain expenses on their tax return – would be provided to staff working at remote locations. The employer indicated that this had to be done in consultation with Canada Revenue Agency, and Treasury Board indicated that it should be in a position to provide answers and guidance to employees on the matter before the end of the tax year.
Lastly, the parties spent time discussing our proposals regarding the grievance procedure. The current grievance process is dysfunctional and takes far too long. In this round of negotiations, we are pushing to streamline the grievance process with CBSA, and have made it clear that it is a priority for our team.
Solidarity with our Sisters and Brothers at Calgary Air (and across the country) wearing their union epaulets in support of a fair contract! We will keep up the fight for the agreement that we deserve.
To review the package of proposals that we tabled as well as those of the employer, visit PSAC’s FB page or the Customs and Immigration Union’s website. Our next bargaining dates will be October 20 to 23, and we'll continue to provide updates throughout the bargaining process.