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eNgineering, aRchitecture and Land Survey (NR) Group


NR Group Arbitration Award

On the 22nd of April, 2009, PIPSC received by fax the Arbitration Decision for the NR Group. It's been just over two months since the hearing and here are the results.

Economic Increase (retroactive to October 1, 2007) - October 1, 2007: 2.3%, October 1, 2008: 1.5%, October 1, 2009: 1.5%, October 1, 2010: 1.5%.

Duration of the Contract - a four-year agreement ending on September 30, 2011.

Travel Time - article 13.01, paragraph b), sub-paragraph I) and paragraph c) have been amended to read ".or fifteen (15) hour pay at the straight-time rate when travelling beyond North America."

Registration Fees - a new article 21.02 as follows: "When the payment of such fees is not a requirement for the continuation of the performance of the duties of an employee's position, but eligibility for membership in an organization or governing body is a qualification specified in the Standards for Selection and Assessment for the NR Group, the Employer shall reimburse the employee, upon receipt of proof of payment, for the employee's annual membership fees paid to one organization or governing body. Reimbursement covered by the Article does not include arrears of previous years' dues."

Administrative Change - Article 31.01 (Public Service Labour Relations Board Hearings) has been amended in to read, ".in cases of Complaints made to the Public Service Labour Relations Board pursuant to Section 190(1) of the PSLRA alleging a breach of Sections 157, 186(1)(a), 186(1)(b), 186(2)(a)(I), 186(2)(b), 187, 188(a) or 189(1) of the PSLRA, the."

Implementation - "The provisions of this Collective Agreement shall be implemented by the parties within a period of one hundred and twenty (120) days from the date of the award."

That's it.

This information was verbally provided to the NR Group Executive on the 23rd of April, NR Sub-Group Presidents on the 24th of April and to delegates of the NR Group AGM on the 25th of April 2009. The idea is for the community to have knowledge of this and spread the word to our fellow professional engineers, architects and land surveyors.

It's been a long journey which started in December 2006 and relied on members input along the way - the meetings with Treasury Board were not 'negotiations', rather stalling tactics leading to forced settlement. We tried our best and I would like to thank the negotiation team for their ongoing efforts, the NR Group Executive for their confidence in the negotiation team, PIPSC staff support in terms of research and negotiation and members for their input and questions.

As the collective agreement is imposed via the arbitration process, no ratification vote occurs, and the parties are bound by the arbitral award.

Thank you.

Joe Podrebarac, PEng, PMP
NR Group Negotiations Lead

NOTE: Terminable allowances are not mentioned in the award; these continue as they currently exist and are not indexed by economic increases; Bill C-10, the Expenditure Restraint Act, prohibits adjustments to “any additional remuneration” i.e. terminable or retention allowances.

Publish Date: 30-APR-2009 09:44 AM
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