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  • SP Bargaining Update - December 2016
  • 14-DEC-2016 02:27 PM
  • Your SP Bargaining Team is pleased to announce that we signed a tentative agreement with the employer and recommends voting in favour of ratification.
  • SP Bargaining Update - October 2016
  • 19-OCT-2016 11:15 AM
  • The goal of achieving a settlement by December 2016 has been expressed by the leadership of both PIPSC and TB. However, for PIPSC, NOT at a cost of giving up on our essential issues (PIPSC-wide, or Group specific)
  • SP Bargaining Update - August 2016
  • 01-SEP-2016 08:08 AM
  • Following the legal challenge launched by PIPSC, the government officially announced, back in May, the repeal of infamous Bill C-4, which imposed unconstitutional restrictions on collective bargaining.
  • SP Bargaining Update - July 2016
  • 15-JUL-2016 01:38 PM
  • We met with the Employer again on July 12th. This was an abbreviated meeting as Treasury Board was uncomfortable with agreeing to anything at this point as the negotiator will be changing…again. Additionally, Treasury Board claims that they are waiting on the outcome of our dispute resolution mechanism vote.
  • SP Bargaining Update #18 - May dates cancelled and members’ concerns
  • 06-JUN-2016 04:32 PM
  • A Steward suggested we add a bit more information in our bargaining update title in order to attract more readers. So here is our first trial at that. Let us know what you think by e-mailing your comments at spbargainingteam@pipsc.ca. Thank you to the Steward who contacted us with this suggestion.
  • SP Group - Voter Kit 2016 - Regional Pool
  • 26-MAY-2016 08:46 AM
  • Following the close of nomination on May 9th, 2016, the following Members expressed their willingness to serve on the SP National Executive. The term of office for the Members elected will be until 2019.
  • SP Group Bargaining Update #17
  • 06-MAY-2016 08:00 AM
  • The SP Bargaining Team met the employer on April 27th to 29th (2nd time meeting with the new government).
  • SP 2016 AGM - Motion Submission
  • 21-APR-2016 11:33 AM
  • According to SP constitution, a member who wants to submit a motion at the 2016 AGM must send it in writing to the Executive at the latest the Saturday May 21, 2016.
  • 2016 AGM - Notice and Call for Delegates
  • 18-APR-2016 03:02 PM
  • The 2016 SP Annual General Meeting (AGM), your forum to provide direction to your Executive, will be held in the National Capital Region on Saturday, June 11th, 2016 at the Hilton Lac Leamy, 3, boulevard du Casino, Gatineau, Quebec.
  • Federal Election 2015 Message
  • 16-OCT-2015 11:58 AM
  • We find ourselves in the final week of a critical federal election campaign. The outcome of this election is fundamental to federal public service workers, to public services that support Canadians, and to the rights and values that support our country.
  • Bargaining Update #14: Preparing for Change!
  • 16-SEP-2015 09:40 AM
  • The SP Bargaining Team met again with Treasury Board on September 8-9, 2015. The Bargaining Team was informed at that time, that due to the upcoming elections, Treasury Board was unlikely to agree to any major items.
  • In Memoriam: Ray Lauzier
  • 28-AUG-2015 02:08 PM
  • It is with a profound sense of sorrow and regret that the Institute informs you of the passing of our friend and colleague, Ray Lauzier on August 27, 2015.
  • SP Group - Elections Newsletter - April 2015
  • 16-APR-2015 09:42 AM
  • The acclamation for the National Pool position was incorrect as we have four (4) candidates for three (3) positions. Therefore, we will be launching an election for the National Pool.
  • SP Group - Bargaining update #10
  • 07-APR-2015 09:54 AM
  • On March 25, a very successful lunch presentation on Science Integrity was organized by the 50 Victoria SP Sub-Group.
  • SP Group - Bargaining update #9
  • 18-MAR-2015 02:54 PM
  • The bargaining team met on March 3rd and 4th to develop the SP pay proposal. This is the normal process as the monetary proposals are historically tabled after the non-monetary proposals (for example Scientific Integrity) have been discussed, and typically some of them settled.
  • SP Group - Bargaining Update 8
  • 19-FEB-2015 08:06 AM
  • At this point the bargaining team feels it is appropriate to address the employer pay proposal of 0.5% per year. It begs the question “Are our MP’s getting those same salary increases”?
  • SP Group - Call for nominations 2015
  • 21-JAN-2015 03:15 PM
  • There are six (6) SP Executive national pool positions to be filled by election for a three-year term, to expire with the completion of national pool elections in 2018.
  • SP Group - Bargaining Update #7
  • 12-JAN-2015 03:07 PM
  • The bargaining team met with the employer the 8th and 9th of January. Most of the discussion centered on clarifying questions on both the employer and SP group proposals.
  • SP Group - Bargaining Update #6
  • 11-DEC-2014 11:53 AM
  • The SP bargaining team met with the employer’s bargaining team (Treasury Board, or TB) in Ottawa from December 3rd to 5th. Most of the meeting was spent explaining proposals.
  • SP Bargaining Update #5
  • 12-NOV-2014 01:28 PM
  • Your SP Bargaining Team exchanged proposals electronically with Treasury Board on October 31, 2014. The SP Group and RE Group were the first two bargaining units within PIPSC to proceed with an exchange.
  • SP Bargaining Update #3
  • 17-JUL-2014 10:07 AM
  • As was announced at the SP Bargaining Conference, your bargaining team has been finalized
  • SP Bargaining Update #2
  • 12-JUN-2014 02:54 PM
  • The SP Group held a Bargaining Workshop on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 to discuss the outcome of the bargaining survey and help the Bargaining Team identify priorities for the upcoming round of negotiations.
  • SP Bargaining Survey 2014
  • 09-MAY-2014 08:55 AM
  • Your Collective Agreement expires on September 30, 2014. The results of this bargaining questionnaire, along with the input from members who will be attending the bargaining conference, will enable your Negotiating Team to determine the issues to be addressed during the upcoming round.
  • SP Bargaining Update #1
  • 29-APR-2014 02:32 PM
  • In preparation for the coming round of collective bargaining with Treasury Board, your Bargaining Team has been assembled and was introduced to delegates at the SP Group AGM on April 12th.
  • SP Bargaining 2014 Timeline
  • 25-FEB-2014 01:34 PM
  • It is the goal of this bargaining timeline to provide members of the SP-Group with an overview of the process leading up to this round of collective bargaining with the Treasury Board of Canada.
  • SP Group- AGM Notice - 12 April 2014
  • 30-JAN-2014 09:10 AM
  • The 2014 SP Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in the National Capital Region on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at the Delta City Centre, 101 Lyon St., Ottawa, Ont.
  • NRCan severance pay package
  • 24-JAN-2014 03:48 PM
  • At the end of November, it was brought to our attention that a number of employees working for the Explosives Branch at NRCan had not received their severance pay package with the three options.
  • SP Group Bargaining Update #17
  • 01-NOV-2013 01:06 PM
  • We have been receiving a number of requests for an update on when you will be receiving your hard copy of the collective agreement and when it will be posted on the website. The Treasury Board is responsible for putting together the new collective agreement and for providing the hard copies.
  • SP Bargaining Update No16
  • 31-JUL-2013 03:36 PM
  • We are pleased to report that the collective agreement has been signed on July 31, 2013.
  • SP Group Bargaining Update #15
  • 17-JUL-2013 11:23 AM
  • Following the ratification of the SP tentative agreement by members, PIPSC has been working at putting together an official version of the SP collective agreement.
  • SP Group Bargaining Update #14
  • 28-JUN-2013 11:37 AM
  • The SP Group has ratified the tentative agreement with Treasury Board which will become the collective agreement.
  • SP Group 2013 Election Results
  • 21-JUN-2013 04:05 PM
  • There were eight SP Executive regional pool positions up for election for a three-year term, to expire with the completion of regional pool elections in 2016.
  • Questions and Answers (Q&A) on the SP Tentative agreement (PDF)
  • 07-JUN-2013 03:55 PM
  • In addition to the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS referred to in the SP Bargaining Update no 13 (see at the bottom of this Q&A; dates were removed from the Severance FAQ since they are not applicable), here is an additional Q&A based on questions asked by the SP members.
  • SP Group - Warning, April 11, 2013
  • 11-APR-2013 02:59 PM
  • It was brought to our attention that there is an SP Q&A in circulation titled “SP GROUP QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON SEVERANCE PAY”.
  • SP Group Tentative Agreement Finally Reached
  • 08-APR-2013 08:50 AM
  • On April 4, 2013, PIPSC and the Treasury Board of Canada reached a tentative settlement to renew the Collective Agreement which expired on September 30, 2011. The SP Bargaining team recommends that members approve the deal.
  • SP Group - Voter's kit (Regional Pool)
  • 26-MAR-2013 11:07 AM
  • If you do not have an e-mail address registered with PIPSC, you will receive notice of your electronic ballot key by mail. No paper mail-in ballots will be provided.
  • SP Group Bargaining Update # 12
  • 18-MAR-2013 08:25 AM
  • Over the past few months, a number of SP Sub-Groups have been holding meetings to discuss bargaining and mobilization. This was one of the key recommendations from the annual SP Sub-Group Presidents meeting held in Montreal on December 1, 2012.
  • SP Group - Regional Pool Election Report - 2013
  • 06-MAR-2013 02:21 PM
  • There are eight (8) SP Executive regional pool positions to be filled by election for a three-year term, to expire with the completion of regional pool elections in 2016.
  • SP Bargaining Update #11
  • 21-FEB-2013 02:00 PM
  • While formal bargaining steps are on hold due to the Bad Faith Bargaining Complaint (see update #10 for background, and below for current status)
  • SP Group Bargaining 101
  • 06-FEB-2013 09:19 AM
  • For the expanded Bargaining 101 message, please read the whole document, but below is an Executive Summary / Take-home messages:
  • SP Group - AGM notice - April 6, 2013
  • 01-FEB-2013 03:30 PM
  • The 2013 SP Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in the National Capital Region on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Brookstreet Hotel, 525 Leggett Dr., Ottawa, ON K2K 2W2 (Kanata suburb).
  • SP Group elections 2013 - Call for nominations
  • 30-JAN-2013 08:45 AM
  • There are eight (8) SP Executive regional pool positions to be filled by election for a three-year term, to expire with the completion of regional pool elections in 2016.
  • Lunch & Learn: Consultation and SP Agreement Update
  • 23-JAN-2013 02:50 PM
  • To seek your input for Environment Canada Labour-Management Consultations and to provide you an update on the status of SP Collective Agreement, I am pleased to invite you to a Lunch & Learn event
  • SP Group - Special Bulletin - Winter 2013 (PDF)
  • 18-JAN-2013 11:02 AM
  • It has been too long since the last SP Group newsletter, and there have been a number of developments affecting SP Group members, namely announced cuts to departments resulting in Work Force Adjustment processes, and a serious lack of progress in bargaining due to the intransigence of the Treasury Board team.
  • Perspective on the SP Group bargaining process
  • 14-JAN-2013 08:50 AM
  • Your SP Group Bargaining Team and Group Executive have been fielding a number of questions and concerns recently related to the bad-faith bargaining complaint filed by the SP Group, especially as it relates to the previously offered items being removed from the bargaining table by Treasury Board (TB).
  • SP Group Bargaining Timeline
  • 09-NOV-2012 01:31 PM
  • Further to PIPSC , on behalf of the SP Bargaining Team, filing a Bad Faith Bargaining Complaint against the Treasury Board of Canada, we are now providing this comprehensive timeline of SP bargaining events to date.
  • SP Group Executive Meeting Minutes - June 8, 2012 (PDF)
  • 01-NOV-2012 11:02 AM
  • Ray welcomed newly elected executives: Elizabeth Ptasznik and Matthew Scuby; and returning members: Michael Forbes, Dan Van Vliet and Patrick Stephenson. A round table followed where Elizabeth and Matthew spoke about their backgrounds and involvement with PIPSC in their workplace.
  • SP Group - Bargaining update #10
  • 26-OCT-2012 02:52 PM
  • On Friday October 12, 2012, PIPSC, on behalf of the SP Bargaining Team, submitted a Bad Faith bargaining complaint against the Employer (Treasury Board of Canada, TB).
  • Overtime - Is it worth it?
  • 24-SEP-2012 02:50 PM
  • As reported in the world press on September 12, 2012, a recent major study on the health impacts of working overtime by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health found working over eight hours a day raised the risk of heart disease and stroke by 40 to 80%.
  • SP Group - Bargaining update #9
  • 08-AUG-2012 04:35 PM
  • After the last meeting between members of the SP bargaining team and Treasury Board (TB) on May 22nd (see update #8), we continue to remain open to discussion despite a declared impasse.
  • SP Group Executive Meeting Minutes - March 30, 2012
  • 16-JUL-2012 01:17 PM
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks. Meeting was called to order at 09:05 AM. Ray welcome executives and Suzelle, our SP Negotiator. Ray announced that the bargaining Team would meet at 4:00 PM and that the hospitality suite will be opened at 4:30 PM.
  • SP Group - Bargaining Update #8
  • 24-MAY-2012 02:59 PM
  • On Tue May 22nd , PIPSC and Treasury Board (TB) held a meeting to discuss the SP collective bargaining situation. (As per our previous bargaining update of April 17, bargaining discussions can resume at any point, despite a declared impasse).
  • SP Group - Selection of delegates to PIPSC AGM and SP Group Meetings
  • 23-APR-2012 11:12 AM
  • In previous years, members interested in attending the PIPSC and SP Group annual general meetings (AGM) were asked to submit their names to the Delegate Co-ordinator and s/he, with the input of the SP National Executive – particularly the Regional representative, would select the attendees.
  • SP Group 2012 Election
  • 18-APR-2012 11:59 AM
  • Following the close of nominations on March 23 2012, the following members expressed their willingness to serve as representatives on the SP Group Executive. The term of office for the members elected shall be three years.
  • SP Group Bargaining Update #7
  • 17-APR-2012 10:28 AM
  • As described in the previous update (#6, March 5), the SP bargaining team reached an impasse in negotiations with the Treasury Board of Canada (TB), meaning that your bargaining team was not able to obtain a tentative agreement that could, in good conscience, be presented to the membership for ratification vote.
  • SP Group - Bargaining update #6
  • 05-MAR-2012 02:35 PM
  • After four sessions in this round of bargaining, your SP Bargaining Team has concluded that there is nothing further to be gained from discussion with Treasury Board (TB).
  • SP Group - home e-mail address for sensitive information
  • 15-FEB-2012 08:59 AM
  • On occasion, and especially during contract negotiations, the SP Group may wish to communicate information of a sensitive nature (e.g. Bargaining updates, invitations to rallies, mobilization activities, etc.).
  • SP Group - call for nominations 2012
  • 13-FEB-2012 02:21 PM
  • There are six (6) SP Executive national pool positions to be filled by election for a three-year term, to expire with the completion of national pool elections in 2015.
  • SP Group - AGM notice, March 31, 2012
  • 26-JAN-2012 10:14 AM
  • The 2012 SP Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in the National Capital Region on Saturday, March 31st, 2012 at the Delta City Centre, 101 Lyon St., Ottawa, Ont.
  • SP Group - Employer pay proposal
  • 23-JAN-2012 03:37 PM
  • The pay proposal presented by Treasury Board mirrored the recent PSAC agreements, with a three year contract with economic increases of...
  • SP Group Bargaining Update #5
  • 23-JAN-2012 01:24 PM
  • We met with the Employer, for the third time, on January 17 -19, 2012. There were several exchanges of comprehensive packages between the parties, but no agreement was achieved.
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