S&A Bargaining Update – October 25-28, 2016
The S&A Bargaining Team met with the CFIA bargaining team between October 25-28, 2016.
The teams discussed a number of issues including hours of work and the Employers’ proposed changes to the Employment Transition Appendix. As we have previously reported, the Employer is seeking drastic changes to hours of work and other working conditions. They argue that they need increased flexibility with the workforce to changes in industry. It is our position that their motivation for the changes is to standardize working conditions across CFIA and to save money.
The teams were able to narrow the issues in dispute by withdrawing less important proposals on both sides. We also signed off on some editorial issues. A number of other important issues were also discussed including, compensatory leave, call back, stand by and overtime.
Both teams have important proposals in these areas and the discussions were somewhat constructive. However, the team is increasingly becoming frustrated by the Employer’s tendency to offer memorandums to settle issues that would exist outside the collective agreement. The Union’s Bargaining Team has made it clear that we are negotiating for a new collective agreement, and that we are not interested in settling issues outside of the collective agreement, as these are not enforceable through the PSLREB. We insist that the CFIA discuss its mandate clearly with Treasury Board.
We once again encourage members to read the proposals that were posted to the web site. It is important that you are knowledgeable about these issues and feel free to send us comments.
Your Bargaining Team