SV bargaining: the employer’s lack of engagement is beginning to show

Tensions rose a notch at the March 2 and 3 Operational Services (SV group) bargaining session. After more than six months of bargaining and a range of demands from our team, lack of progress at the bargaining table is being met with growing impatience.

We are still waiting for a response from the Treasury Board regarding our wage package. Our wage proposals were submitted in January and a response was expected by March, but the employer is dawdling. Meanwhile, many SV members are experiencing a widening wage gap compared to their private-sector counterparts. The employer can’t keep taking the situation lightly.

Concessions on flexible work schedules

During bargaining, the employer made unfair demands regarding flexible work schedules for SV members. Variable overtime is currently time and three quarters, but the employer wishes to reverse our gains by pushing for time and a half.

This is totally unacceptable and the SV team refuses to make any concessions on this front.

Latest demands

The SV team has finalized its demands, which now include increasing access to professional development by ensuring all members can request it and receive a timely response.

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March 9, 2022