Our bargaining team spent a large portion of this week’s session discussing our mental health proposal with the employer.
Agreement on task force on mental health
PSAC reached a deal with Treasury Board on a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a joint task force on mental health. PSAC tabled the proposal in January to ensure a more proactive approach to improving mental health. The task force, made up of an equal number of union and employer representatives, will have a long-term focus on continuous improvement and the successful implementation of measures to improve mental health in the workplace.
Our team tabled a proposal on acting pay to ensure a fair monetary gain for employees performing duties in higher classifications, as well as a proposal reinforcing the employer’s obligation to provide a hard copy of the collective agreement to all of our members.
The PSAC and the employer met with the consultant on the pay study at the end of February to discuss outstanding technical issues. The consultant gave a commitment to have a final report for the bargaining team prior to the next bargaining session in May.
The employer dismissed our proposals around harassment, discipline and improvements to the grievance procedure.
We managed to sign off this week on some house-keeping issues.
The SV team maintained its protective barrier against the employer’s STD (short-term disability).