Treasury board bargaining: Teams continue to focus on achieving fair contract

The Treasury Board bargaining teams met this week in Ottawa with a renewed determination to achieve a collective agreement. 

After the previous session in February, there was a question whether the employer would have a mandate to address priority issues or if they would continue to recycling the previous Conservative government’s positions. Unfortunately, there was little indication of a change in approach.

WFA

The teams reiterated the need for significant changes to the Workforce Adjustment Appendix. The union wants to ensure rules are more transparent and reduce significant anxiety the process causes workers. The teams are also looking to preserve and improve public services, enhance protections against involuntary departures and ensure that seniority is recognized.

Sick Leave

The teams addressed the ongoing sick leave issue seeking either a renewal or improvements to the current sick leave regime. They made it clear that any improvements would need to be contained in the collective agreement. They reiterated that the underlying purpose of a sick leave system is to ensure that workers are not forced to choose between going to work sick or collecting a pay cheque.

FB

The bargaining team reiterated the objective to get a commitment supporting an early retirement plan similar to what is in place for other federal law enforcement personnel. They also addressed issues around day workers, the contracting out work of associated with VACIS and HCVM and the assigning of student work. For more info: psacunion.ca/fb

EB

The EB bargaining team reviewed outstanding proposals from both parties including language on legal indemnification for the protection of members while performing work duties, court and union leave of alliance business, the importance of resolving the 12 month teachers’ pay study that reflects the current reality on wages. The team also signed off on an article regarding religious observance. For more info: psacunion.ca/eb

TC

With the employer's inaction to date to address Occupational Group Structure (OGS) and Classification Reform for the TC Group, your team prioritized this issue this week. The team made three presentations which outlined problems within the TI and GT groups, and tabled a demand to push for urgent action on OGS and classification reform. We also tabled a number of monetary demands concerning leave, premiums, hours of work, captive time and presented the employer with a demand for early retirement without actuarial penalty for TC enforcement workers. For more info: psacunion.ca/tc​

SV

The team opened discussions with the employer on monetary issues around the joint pay study and tabled demands on allowances for SC, GL and GS (diplomatic couriers) groups. For more info: psacunion.ca/sv

PA

The team went into bargaining with a renewed determination but unfortunately, the employer displayed minimal interest in responding to their proposals; they complained the union had too many demands. Treasury Board is considering some very small movements in response to union demands on certain leave provisions, as well as improved notice provisions in the discipline article. The team also tabled new language on student employment and reviewed with the employer proposals on maternity and parental leave. For more info: psacunion.ca/pa

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March 11, 2016
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