Collective Bargaining

Congratulations to our bargaining teams for their hard work and success over a very long and difficult round of bargaining! When we first started this process, the outlook was grim. Today, we have a lot to celebrate. Approximately two-thirds of our members are now, or are on the verge of being, covered by a signed collective agreement. We are now focusing our efforts on reaching deals for our remaining Groups and members.

  • Some key accomplishments that affect tens of thousands of PIPSC members were realized over the course of this round of bargaining. They include:
  • A Memorandum of Understanding with the Treasury Board on the critical issue of employee wellness and the protection of sick leave.
  • In a historic, precedent-setting victory, we successfully negotiated protections against the “muzzling” of Canada’s federal scientists. Research (RE) and Applied Science and Patent Examination (SP) Group collective agreements will now enshrine our members’ right to speak freely about science and their research.
  • Our bargaining teams were able to obtain additional market adjustment increases for thousands of PIPSC members, though we realize that many remain disappointed with the limited progress on monetary issues. Public service professionals deserve better pay and we will continue to press the Employer in this regard during the next round of negotiations.

Significant improvements were achieved on the issue of contracting out the work of government IT professionals.

You can find the latest information on your collective agreement or on the bargaining status for your Group by visiting its web page and by consulting your Group’s most recent bargaining updates below.

 

Latest Bargaining Updates

17 November 2017
Note from the Employer
14 November 2017
The Bargaining Team last sent out an update from the bargaining session of February 2017.
10 November 2017
The ratification vote closed on Wednesday November 1. Participation was very high and the results are clear. The tentative agreement has been accepted.
9 November 2017
All three parties met to continue bargaining in Winnipeg on November 1, 2 and 3, 2017.
8 November 2017
  Your Bargaining Team is pleased to announce that the new collective agreement has finally been signed on November 7, 2017. The Employer now has 120 days to implement the terms of the new agreement. More details will follow shortly.
3 November 2017
Our RO/RCO bargaining team including our PIPSC negotiator met with NRC management on October 11 and 12. As we wrote in our last update, the bargaining meeting focused on the non-monetary items on our list of demands; pay negotiations will start at a later date.
1 November 2017
The Company, WTEG, and WPEG met in Winnipeg from October 23-25, 2017. Together the three teams have begun interest based negotiations.
1 November 2017
The Collective Agreements between WPEG & WTEG and the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories expired on June 30, 2017. The bargaining teams of WPEG and WTEG decided to negotiate jointly with the Company to renew the collective agreement.