Open letter to RCMP Civilian Members

Robyn Benson, National President

To Civilian Members of the RCMP who are in the process of beginning your transition to the federal public service, I am writing to welcome and introduce you to the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).

As you may be aware, RCMP civilian members will be deemed into the federal public service. This means a number of you will find yourselves joining existing bargaining units represented by PSAC and the Union of Safety and Justice Employees (USJE) – PSAC’s Component representing members working in Canada's federal justice system. 

The Categories of Employees project has been long. Both PSAC and USJE have provided input to ensure a fair process, protecting the interests of both the current public service employees and the Civilian Members who are joining the public service.

I want to confirm that Civilian Members who will be included in our PSAC/USJE bargaining units will be provided with representation to protect your interests now and in the future.

We recognize that certain terms and conditions currently enjoyed by Civilian Members are superior to those of public service members. The goal of PSAC is to ensure that we maintain your terms and conditions of employment as they are now. Absent a commitment from the employer to this effect, PSAC/USJE will bring any outstanding issues to the bargaining table.

As you may know, PSAC is the largest union within the federal public service. We have a proud 50-year history of fighting for our members’ rights, making gains at the bargaining table and advancing social equality. We are not afraid of a challenge.

PSAC/USJE member benefits

  • PSAC has 23 regional offices across the country to support and service you.
  • PSAC is a strong defender of human rights and has provided representation to your RCMP colleagues who’ve experienced harassment and other human rights abuses in the workplace.
  • PSAC has expertise in job classification and evaluation which may benefit Civilian Members once you are in your new public service job classifications.
  • PSAC’s union education program serves to empower members so that they know their rights in the workplace, how to defend those rights and bring about positive change, both in the workplace and in our communities. Union training is a benefit of PSAC membership.
  • PSAC offers a host of regional and national conferences that engage activists and advance our union.
  •  The Union of Safety and Justice Employees (USJE), the component of PSAC to which you will be a member, provides strong representation to approximately 5,000 members employed by the RCMP, including at regional and national labour management consultations.
  • USJE knows your employer well and has the experience necessary to ensure that your needs are addressed both pre- and post-deeming.
  • USJE has information specific to Civilian Members on their website, you’ll be able to find out about the Component including the names and coordinates of the regional vice-presidents elected to represent our RCMP members.

The next steps

PSAC/USJE is in communication with your employer now to discuss the transition – a transition that we want to be as smooth as possible for you. We are committed to mitigating any complications and will exercise our rights as your bargaining agent to fullest extent of the law.

We commit to keeping you informed during this process. We encourage you to visit PSAC’s national website, subscribe to our newsletter and we welcome any inquiries you may have. Welcome to your new union!  

In Solidarity,

Robyn Benson
National President
Public Service Alliance of Canada

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March 31, 2017
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