EB group: Frustration mounts following mediation

Treasury Board refused to budge on its wage offer during mediation with the EB group bargaining team, October 24-27.

This revised wage offer was initially proposed during Common Issues mediation in September and would average 2.06 per cent per year over a four-year agreement — effectively delivering a pay cut to over 1,100 EB group members, who are responsible for education, education support and library services. Treasury Board held fast to this wage offer during mediation.

The EB bargaining team made it clear that the current offer is unacceptable in the face of soaring inflation. The federal government must negotiate a fair contract.

Instead, the employer is maintaining proposals that would weaken important existing working conditions and protections for EB members. The employer also made no move to resolve key issues for EB group members, including group-specific market adjustments to ensure that our members are fairly paid compared to those doing the same or similar work.

In response, PSAC has launched both in-person and online strike training for our more than 165,000 federal public service members to ratchet up the pressure on the government to bargain fairly.

PSAC will now raise these issues at the Public Interest Commission (PIC) hearings conducted by the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board. PIC dates have been set for Common Issues, November 28 to December 1, and for the EB group on November 21 and December 12-13.

If an agreement cannot be reached during the PIC process, PSAC members should be prepared to continue escalating our actions, up to and including taking strike action if necessary to reach a fair contract.

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October 28, 2022