More than 5,000 members of PSAC’s Parks Canada bargaining unit are still waiting for the employer to deliver a final draft of the new collective agreement, ratified August 4, 2023.
A majority of the 5,000 Parks Canada members voted in favour of a collective agreement that advances key issues for members, after a particularly challenging round of bargaining that began over a year ago. While we had hoped to have the agreement signed shortly after ratification, due to unforeseen circumstances, the agreement has yet to be signed.
Last week, the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board (FPSLREB) appointed a Public Interest Commission (PIC) to help advance negotiations for 5,000 Parks Canada members. The appointment of the PIC follows PSAC’s declaration of impasse after a year –and –a half of bargaining.
The Parks Canada bargaining team had more than 5,000 members across the country top of mind when they made the tough decision to declare an impasse late last week. This decision follows nearly a year of bargaining with the employer, who has come to the table with no mandate to bargain, no monetary proposal, and no serious engagement on important issues our team has at the table. While the Parks Canada continues to stall, we continue to fight for a fair contract.
The Parks Canada bargaining team met with the employer on January 17-19 to discuss non-monetary items and to table monetary proposals to improve working conditions for more than 5,000 Parks Canada members across the country.
Your bargaining team is in a critical round of bargaining for thousands of PSAC members at Parks Canada. Our message to the employer is clear: with the soaring cost of living, urgency for better work-life balance, and the need for more diverse and inclusive workplaces, our members need a fair deal now.
The Parks Canada bargaining team met with the employer for our third three-day session November 22-24. The team came prepared with a clear mandate from members to discuss more than 40 proposals to advance a clear mandate to improve conditions for workers.
PSAC and the Parks Canada Agency have reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to lift the moratorium on the automatic cash-out of vacation and compensatory leave for Parks Canada members. Parks Canada members will have an opportunity to submit a leave liquidation management plan to liquidate excess leave balances beginning April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2028.
The Parks Canada bargaining team continued to hold the line and push for stronger working conditions during negotiations September 19-22, despite more than 20 concessions on the table from the employer that would severely impact workers.
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