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CS (Computer Systems) Group

March 24, 2017

CS Bytes 28

To all Proud CS

On March 1, 2017, your CS Bargaining Team reached a Tentative Agreement with the Treasury Board for the renewal of the Collective Agreement. A summary of the Tentative Agreement was posted under CS BYTES 27. Posted here is the timeline of events leading up to the vote.

Your Bargaining Team members, in coordination with the Sub-Group Presidents, are presenting the tentative agreement in a series of Lunch and Learns. Please check with your Sub-Group as to the date and time of the Lunch and Learn. An online video on the details of the tentative agreement will be available April 21, 2017 for all members, but especially for those who cannot attend a presentation. A notice of the video and a link will be emailed to all members.

The vote will take place between May 10 and May 24. In order to vote, you must to be a member in good standing as per CS By-law 3.2 Rights of Membership:

All members shall be eligible to vote for members of the Group Executive to be candidates for office and to otherwise participate in the affairs of the Group and to be served by the Institute. Notwithstanding the above, Retired members shall not be eligible to vote on matters related to collective negotiations, including the method of dispute resolution and the ratification of tentative collective agreements.If you wish to update your email address or have questions about your membership status, please contact the Membership Section: To become a member you must to fill out the on-line membership application form and submit it before May 23rd, 2017.

All members in good standing will receive voting instructions and a voting key by May 10th, 2017.If you have not received your voting key by May 10th please contact Linda Rochefort at In order for your vote to be counted your electronic voting key must be used by 12 p.m. (EDT) on May 24, 2017.

A YES vote means that you accept all the proposed changes to the Collective Agreement. These changes would take effect as of date of the signature of the Agreement (unless otherwise specified). The economic increases are retroactive. The Employer would have 120 days from signing to implement all the changes. Any Article or part thereof of the Collective Agreement that is not presented in the ratification package will be renewed without change.

A NO vote means that you reject the Tentative Agreement and that you ask the CS Group to continue negotiating for a better deal, this includes going to conciliation. It is NOT a vote for a strike. In the event that continued bargaining does not lead to new tentative agreement, you will receive further information on next steps.

Your Bargaining Team has agreed to recommend accepting this tentative agreement

Robert Tellier
CS Group Bargaining Officer

Ratification Timeline

Date 2017
1 Tentative Agreement
2 CS Bytes 26 – Announcement of the TA
15 CS Bytes 27 – Summary of the TA
17-31 Presentations to members.
24 CS Bytes 28 - Ratification Timeline
1-30 Presentations to members.
21 Video presentation available for download.
1-5 Presentations to members.
5-9 Distribution of Ratification Package and Voting Key
10 Vote Opens
24 Noon EDT – Vote closes
25-26 Inform members of results
IF NO vote – Inform TBS and return to bargaining
IF YES vote – Inform TBS
8 If YES vote - Signing and implementation of the new collective agreement
6 If YES vote - New pay rates implemented