NR Group Bargaining Update
In our previous bargaining update we described how we entered into a round of “Exploratory Discussions” with Treasury Board during the period of March 15-25, 2011 but in the end, we could not reach agreement on what both parties could consider was a “fair deal”.
Our current agreement expires on September 30, 2011 and your bargaining team is currently in the process of gathering pay data and putting together our demands in preparation for a meeting with the NR Executive on July 15 and 16. Bargaining sessions have already been scheduled for negotiations and will commence this fall. We expect to exchange bargaining proposals with Treasury Board on or around August 24. Following the exchange, face to face bargaining sessions have been scheduled for October and November. If we are unable to reach a settlement during these negotiations, then we would rely on binding arbitration as our dispute resolution mechanism to eventually reach a settlement.
In the mean time, we would like to express our gratitude to those members who have contacted the bargaining team and offered their comments/suggestions and we encourage all members to get involved in our collective bargaining process. Please contact your Sub-Group Executive or your NR Group executive if you are not a member of a sub-group, for any questions or comments on negotiations.
We look forward to the 2011 round of contract negotiations.
Your NR Bargaining Team