June 21, 2016
CS Group - Bargaining Update # 19
To all Proud CS
We announced in CS Bytes no.18 that we were not planning to return to the bargaining table unless the Employer had a mandate to respond to key priorities of our contract proposal.
Early in June, the Liberal Government announced the repeal of sections of the infamous Bill C-4, introduced by the Conservatives, which imposed particularly harsh restrictions on collective bargaining.
In addition, the Institute published the results of our contracting out survey in a document entitled “Programmed to Fail”. (We invite to you to read and share it.)
It was clear that it was essential that we return to the table to reinforce our messaging in the light of these events. A small team composed of President Stan Buday, Vice President Pierre Touchette, Negotiator Denise Doherty and I met with the Treasury Board team on June 20th.
We re-iterated our desire to negotiate an improved collective agreement and still the Employer continues to have no real mandate to negotiate. Treasury Board has been silent on any counter proposals to the critical proposed changes to your collective agreement.
Outsourcing remains our number one priority.
It is apparent we need to explore other methods of moving negotiations forward in the fall. We have made ourselves available to meet with government representatives throughout the summer, despite the Employer’s request to postpone negotiations. However, no future dates have been established, and none are expected until September/October 2016.
We officially informed TB of our decision to continue on the conciliation/strike route and we also requested the opportunity to review all essential services agreements.
I want to wish all proud CS members a wonderful, relaxing and safe summer.