CFIA bargaining: Government still stalling at the table

PSAC’s Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) bargaining team tabled the last remaining proposal on telework December 13-15. Telework is a key priority for PSAC members at CFIA and across PSAC’s federal bargaining tables.   

Read PSAC’s telework proposal 

Despite ongoing and positive discussion on several articles previously tabled by both sides, none of these proposals were agreed to during this session.  Your bargaining team stressed the importance of strengthening language in the collective agreement dealing with Employment Transition that aims to provide job security to employees, like the Workforce Adjustment Appendix in the core public administration bargaining units. 

We tabled all our proposals for this round of bargaining but the employer has yet to table its full proposals and has not responded to the pay proposal tabled by our bargaining team in November.  

Having productive and fruitful discussions at the table requires that both parties table their full bargaining demands. Our bargaining team expects the employer to table all outstanding proposals when we return to the table in January. 

Federal public service workers prove they can deliver—remotely and in the office  

PSAC has called for a stop to the government’s flawed hybrid work plan which unilaterally directs all federal public service workers to their workplace for at least two days per week, rolled out just days before the holidays. Treasury Board has also strongly urged agencies like CFIA to adopt a similar blanket policy. 

CFIA has not communicated to us that there would be a change to their existing policy to be in line with the new Treasury Board policy. We remind them that unilaterally changing the terms and conditions of our members’ employment during negotiations is a violation of workers’ collective bargaining rights. PSAC is reviewing all our options in response to this announcement and will take the necessary steps to protect our members’ ability to telework where possible. 

What’s next  

Beginning in January 2023, your CFIA negotiator and bargaining team will attend Agriculture Component regional seminars and site visits – stay tuned for more information through your local. 

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December 21, 2022