S&A Group Bargaining update # 18
Hi all, Well, as mentioned in the President`s message on June 19, 2014, after nearly 3 years, the tentative deal reached in February, 2014 was finally signed off by Governor in Council and the Governor General. Neither the union (PIPSC), the Bargaining Team nor our negotiator have been officially informed of this decision. PIPSC President Daviau sent a letter to CFIA President complaining about CFIA lack of respect toward the bargaining process. This letter is posted on the PIPSC S&A website.
On July 11, Umadatt Singh, our Group President and Chair of the bargaining team and Sylvie D’Alcantara, Vice president of the group and also a member of the bargaining team, were finally informed by e-mail, that CFIA had completed the ratification process. Interestingly enough, the e-mail is coming from Mr .Gérard–Étienne, who has not been involved in bargaining process so far, and who did not bother to include our Negotiator. What kind of game is CFIA playing?
In the mean time, our negotiator and CFIA`s negotiator are working on finalising the deal. There are some discrepancies between CFIA`s version and our version of the agreement that need to be resolved after which we will be ready for the official signing. Ninety days after signing, all retroactive pay should have been distributed to all members. Thirty days after signing, severance ceases to accumulate for all members.
Three months after signing, all members should have received options letter from the employer regarding their severance. All members should also receive a letter indicating the number of weeks of severance they have accumulated. Members will also be able to find out from CRA the amount of room they have in their RRSP.
Employees have up to six months from the date of signing of the agreement to choose a payment option that best suit their individual need.
NOTE: If an employee does not select an option, then the employer will select Option B for them. Keep an eye out for mail from the employer.