RCMP Civilian Member FAQ 

What is the status of the deeming process? 

PSAC and the Union of Safety and Justice Employees anticipated deeming as the mechanism by which RCMP Civilian Members would join the federal public service. However, this process was slowed by ongoing issues with the Phoenix pay system. To ensure the interests of RCMP CMs were best represented, PSAC asked the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board (FPSLREB) to provide some clarification on the issue.  

In November 2020, the FPSLREB ordered that RCMP CMs in certain classifications become part of the PA, TC, SV, and EB bargaining units. Civilian Members in these classifications are PSAC members without the requirement to be deemed into the public service. 

What is the status of  dues for RCMP Civilian Members? 

While CMs are not yet paying union dues, they are currently represented by PSAC and USJE. Dues collection will begin once a new collective agreement with Treasury Board has been signed. Follow all the latest updates about PSAC’s negotiations with Treasury Board for more information.  

More information about union dues and how they are collected

What is the current status of CM negotiations? 

Negotiations are currently at a standstill. Both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2020 that froze CMs’ terms and conditions of employment and agreed to a process to move to binding arbitration on collective agreement language related to vacation leave entitlements, the establishment of a sick leave bank, maintaining relocation provisions on retirement and funeral and burial entitlements. The employer refuses to go forward with arbitration. 

By joining with 155,000 workers at Treasury Board and CRA who are taking strike votes, RCMP CMs have the opportunity to send a clear message to the government that it’s time for action at the bargaining table. 

What are the issues in this round of bargaining?

Key issues at the Treasury Board table include: 

  • Fair wages: Now more than ever, we need fair wages, good working conditions and inclusive workplaces — not just for members of the public service, but for all workers. 
  • Systemic racism in the workplace: Fighting racism and building a more diverse public service is supposed to be a top priority for this government. Our bargaining teams are asking the government to remove barriers and dismantle the structures that sustain racism in our workplaces.
  • Job security: We’re seeking improvements to the Workforce Adjustment Appendix that would ensure a fair and transparent process for members to find timely indeterminate employment.
  • Remote work: Remote work has become a part of everyday life for many workers. Our experience during this pandemic has shown that the public service workers can be as effective working remotely as when they were in the office. Now it’s time to look to the future by enshrining remote work protections into our collective agreements. 
  • Contracting out and privatization: When public money goes into private pockets, Canadians lose out with higher costs, more risk, and reduced quality of services. 

Key issues for Civilian Members include: 

  • Increased flexibility for RCMP employees looking to move within the public service to ensure all members remain eligible to receive any negotiated transition measures.
  • Status quo for vacation entitlements that indefinitely protects the vacation credit accrual entitlements currently provided to CMs.
  • Improved sick leave provisions that adequately recognize the transition from an unrestricted sick leave regime to a sick leave bank regime.
Where can I find more information about the bargaining and strike vote process?  

Learn more about the key issues and take part in strike votes across the country by registering to vote today. You can also visit the FAQ on Treasury Board bargaining and strike votes

March 24, 2023