Collective Bargaining Branch

November 20, 2017
This summer PSAC became aware that Statistical Survey Operations’s (SSO) pay equity settlement calculations failed to include paid leaves, overtimes rates, full compensation for designated paid holidays and other forms of compensation. 
November 7, 2017
Wednesday, November 1, the Joint Committee on rates of pay for ED-EST (12 months) held its first meeting. The Memorandum of Understanding found in Appendix N of our new collective agreement describes the mandate of this committee, which is comprised of union and employer representatives.
November 6, 2017
Our PSAC bargaining team was back in Ottawa from October 30 to November 3, 2017 for another week of bargaining. The parties engaged in discussions and exchanged counter proposals on all issues remaining at the bargaining table. Positive progress, yet some concerns remain Although the tone of negotiations was positive, our PSAC bargaining team remains concerned that the employer continues to demand the rolling back of your job security protections.
October 30, 2017
PSAC / UCTE members employed by NAV CANADA met at the NAV CANADA National Bargaining Conference from October 24-26, 2017 in Ottawa. They discussed important issues facing their workers and prepared for the upcoming round of collective bargaining. Conference delegates discussed current pension trends and mobilization efforts within the bargaining unit. They also selected and prioritized the bargaining demands our team will be taking to the table when they face the employer later this year.
October 20, 2017
Our bargaining team met with Parks Canada during the week of October 16, 2017. Despite assurances that workers would not be disadvantaged when Parks Canada transitioned to agency status, during this round of bargaining the employer is refusing to include the same protections, benefits, and opportunities that other federal public servants obtained. This treatment is shocking and disappointing, especially when the exceptional efforts and commitment from the membership has ensured the success of Canada 150 initiatives in Parks Canada locations across the country.
October 3, 2017
Our team fully considered the employer’s global offer and prepared a counter -proposal which we tabled on September 27.
September 19, 2017
Our bargaining team resumed bargaining with SSO during the week of Sept. 11.
August 31, 2017
Concerns have been raised over pay equity settlement payment calculations that were based on the number of hours worked and do not include paid leave, overtime rates, and designated paid holidays. Given that this issue affects the general implementation of the settlement between Statistical Survey Operations and the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the parties continue to work together to resolve this issue in a manner that will apply to all eligible employees.
July 31, 2017
This week, our bargaining team focused their efforts on union proposals.  We spent a considerable amount of time in caucus finalizing our outstanding demands. We gave the employer a presentation on domestic violence, in support of our demand currently at the table. We also countered the employer’s demand on short-term disability plan (STDP) definitions in order to address coverage shortcomings in the current plan.
July 27, 2017
Members whose hours of work were changed in 2014 during bargaining with Treasury Board have won back pay and benefits after the union filed a complaint. The Federal Public Service Labour Relations Act, like other labour laws in Canada, contains a provision that freezes the terms and conditions contained in collective agreements on the day that notice to bargain a new agreement is given. The freeze continues until a new agreement is either negotiated or awarded by an arbitrator, or until a strike takes place.