PSAC and Treasury Board today signed new collective agreements for the Program and Administrative (PA) and Technical Services (TC) groups that were ratified by members on September 29. The two bargaining units account for over 80,000 federal public service workers. PSAC and Treasury Board also signed the Phoenix damages agreement reached this summer.
Separately, the parties signed the protocol agreement on the negotiation of working conditions for civilian members in the RCMP who are slated to be deemed into PSAC bargaining units.
Implementation period begins for PA and TC groups
The formal signing of the agreements today means that with the exception of monetary provisions, which are retroactive, new contract terms are in effect. Treasury Board now has 180 days to implement wage increases, wage adjustments and allowances. As explained in the contract ratification kits, in view of this extended implementation timeline which is normally 90 days, PSAC negotiated a $500 lump sum payment for members into these new contracts.
Phoenix settlement implementation
PSAC expects Treasury Board to pay Phoenix general damages (i.e., the $2,500 lump sum) within the abovementioned 180-day collective agreement implementation period. Furthermore, information on how current and former members who have suffered severe losses due to the Phoenix pay system can claim additional compensation will be provided by Treasury Board in the coming months. We will continue pressing the government for an efficient implementation of this settlement.
Other bargaining units
Members in the Education and Library Science (EB), Operations Services (SV) and PSAC-UTE (Canada Revenue Agency) groups also recently ratified their tentative agreements. PSAC is working with Treasury Board to finalize the text and pay grids of the new agreements and expects to sign the new deals in the coming weeks.
Members in the Parks and CFIA bargaining units have until November 4 to vote for their tentative agreements.
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