Parks bargaining focuses on health and safety rights and language for canal workers

Our negotiating team met with the employer from October 6-8, 2015.

Canal workers

In addition to reviewing outstanding proposals, our team introduced changes to Appendix ‘E’, a section of the Agreement containing language specific to Canal workers. The intent of this proposal is for canal workers to be treated equally to all other Parks Canada employees.  

Proposed changes

  • Wash up time
  • Call back
  • Reporting pay
  • Standby provisions

Health and safety rights

We also attempted to clarify our proposal to add language that protects members from reprisals or discipline when exercising their Health and Safety rights under the Canada Labour Code.

  • In 2013, the Harper government passed legislation transferring the authority and powers of Federal Health and Safety Officers directly to the Minister of Labour.
  • The Minister, or their appointee, can now deem a worker’s Health and Safety complaint or job refusal to be trivial, frivolous, vexatious or in bad faith without ever entering a workplace, let alone conducting a proper investigation.

More information on these changes to the Health and Safety provisions can be found in our summary of Bill C-4. Our team is committed to protecting our members from discipline in this situation.

We continue to work diligently for all employees of Parks Canada Agency to achieve a fair and just collective agreement. We expect to resume negotiations early in 2016.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. Don’t forget to vote on October 19!



October 9, 2015