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To all Proud CS

Over the summer your CS Group and PIPSC have continued to advance our bargaining agenda.

PIPSC President Debi Daviau has used every opportunity to highlight our ongoing issues and the lack of progress made in bargaining with President of the Treasury Board, The Honourable Scott Brison. Also, a small delegation of President Daviau, Stan Buday and Robert Tellier and PIPSC staff members Denise Doherty - Delorme and Emily Watkins, met with the Chief Information Officer of Treasury Board, John Messina. The topics of discussion included the IT Strategic Plan and its proposed implementation of Cloud Computing as a service to the Government of Canada.

The Strategic Bargaining Committee met on September 19, 2016 to refocus efforts and reinforce the solidarity pact among the PIPSC Groups. Your Bargaining Team met on September 20 and 21 prior to the return to the table with Treasury Board after the summer break.

At this session we reviewed our proposals with regards to Contracting Out to fine tune the language in order to achieve support from the Employer. The Bargaining Team, as well as PIPSC, remain committed to making concrete gains around the issue of Contracting Out in this round of bargaining.

Recent “events”, such as the Email Transformation Initiative and Phoenix, will be of value to your Bargaining Team when discussing Contracting Out with Treasury Board at the meeting scheduled for October 12, 13 and 14. You should be aware that there are many Federal Public Service Employees working very hard to mitigate the issues resulting from the Government’s decision to contract out these core services.

In closing, I cannot say it often enough how important the support behind our collective bargaining from each and every one of you, in your own way, is important to us. Your Stewards will be calling on you to demonstrate your support. Please understand that no act is trivial. Anyth ing you do, any articles that you post or pictures you take are part of the group effort needed for our negotiations to succeed.

In support of your Bargaining Team we invite you to continue to show your colours in your office and on social media during the October 12, 13 and 14 bargaining dates.

Proudly CS, Robert Tellier CS Group Bargaining Officer