Our PSAC-Customs and Immigration Union (PSAC-CIU) bargaining team representing Border Services (FB) rejected concessions to job security and again pushed for '25 and out' retirement during negotiations with Treasury Board/Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) the week of June 10.
Our bargaining team is frustrated that the employer is still unwilling to make meaningful progress on a number of core issues, including fairly compensating new officers (FB-2s), '25 and out' retirement and revamping the grievance procedure.
We have made considerable progress over the past two rounds in our fight for parity with the broader law enforcement community. This week, we reiterated the need for pension reform for union members in the FB group. We are demanding a commitment from Treasury Board in support of pension reform. PSAC-CIU will also be undertaking other initiatives to push pension reform for the FB group during the coming election campaign.
Treasury Board has made proposals to undermine the job security language in our contract contained in the Workforce Adjustment Appendix. We rejected the employer’s proposal and instead reiterated our proposals to enhance protections for union members.
We also raised the issue of students being used to undermine our work and public safety. We have made proposals to deal with student-related issues in the workplace.
We’ve tabled demands to streamline the grievance process. There is no need to meet with Chiefs and Superintendents if Ottawa is making the decisions. We should be dealing with the source.
Fairly compensate new officers (FB-2s)
We again stated that Border Services Officers (BSOs), upon completion of their training at Rigaud, should be made FB-3s and compensated accordingly. The FB-2 classification is being used to exploit new officers. They wear the badge. They wear the uniform. They make the decisions. They deserve to be paid and treated accordingly.
After years of raising the issue of telework access for Trade Compliance Officers and other non-uniformed staff, the CBSA has announced a policy on telework. However, its application is unclear. We reiterated the need for there to be language in the contract on this issue.
We are scheduled to return to the bargaining table July 30 to August 1.
To review the package of proposals that we tabled and those of the employer, go to: psacunion.ca/fb We’ll be sure to provide updates as bargaining progresses.