CS Byte no. 2
CS Group Members,
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada held a Collective Bargaining Conference on January 23rd and 24th, 2014. Approximately 200 elected officers, stewards and negotiating team members from over 20 Groups under the Public Service Labour Relations Act gathered to prepare for the next round of federal bargaining.
Your representatives had the opportunity to learn about critical issues such as the newly legislated bargaining rules (Bill C-4), performance management and potential changes to the sick leave benefits. The Institute invited other union representatives and progressive organizations to participate as guest panelists providing us with important lessons learned in previous negotiations. This conference provided tangible confirmation of the spirit of cooperation and solidarity amongst the Institute Groups and with all the other unions of the federal public service.
Our work is just beginning. Your involvement in the coming months will be crucial to the success of the CS group. Over the next few weeks, the CS Group National Executive and Stewards will be seeking your input on improvements to our collective agreement. I invite you to actively participate in this survey. The data collected will be analyzed and discussed by a Proposals Committee to determine our priorities and to develop our list of demands. These proposals will be used during the next round scheduled to begin later in 2014.
In closing, I would like to thank our President Debi Daviau, members of the Board of Directors and the staff of the Institute for the support and leadership in this important time.