S&A Group Bargaining Update # 9
Last January, we had a mediation session with CFIA; we explored a potential agreement but CFIA had to get an additional mandate from Treasury Board before accepting officially. At the time, we felt it was worth waiting for this approval. Both parties want to achieve an agreement rather than having it imposed by a third party.
We followed up with CFIA every month on the status of this potential agreement. After waiting six months for a response from CFIA, we finally received a reply on July 4th, 2013 and it is a resounding NO. We have no agreement and we are back to square one on this issue. We now have to go to ARBITRATION. The bargaining team is very frustrated at the response and the delay in giving the response. It will soon be TWO years since the expiration of the last contract and we are nowhere near close to finalising this round of bargaining.
The time frame going forward is to file for arbitration as soon a possible (early Fall) and then have a hearing and decision by early next year. The Executive and members of the bargaining team of the S&A Group understand your disappointment but rest assured that we are working hard on your behalf. We are seeking a fair resolution and will not give in to the Agency on any issue that will negatively affect you. We thank you for your patience and understanding.