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I’m pleased to announce that we have tentative agreements for over 18,000 of our members in the AV, RE, SH and SP groups! Thanks to the incredible work of your bargaining teams, we have secured agreements that not only meet our members’ professional and economic needs, they resolve long- standing demands and make major progress on our public interest bargaining issues.
Negotiations are ongoing for over 32,000 members from other groups. Our CS and AFS groups have made some progress in this week of talks, but are not at the point of a tentative agreement yet. They will have the continued support and solidarity of all Institute members as talks continue.
The government’s proposals to the NR group were not sufficient enough to continue talks, therefore the group has applied for binding conciliation.
For more information, please read our bargaining newsletters. Further details will be presented in group-specific bargaining updates in the coming weeks.
Members of Groups who have achieved tentative agreements will be provided with all the details in the coming weeks and will be asked to vote on acceptance of the Employer’s offer. A majority yes vote will result in new agreements. A majority no vote would establish an impasse, resulting in binding conciliation or conciliation/strike.
I want to thank each and every one of you for your solidarity and support through the course of these tough negotiations. When we first started this round of negotiations, the outlook was grim. Today, we have a lot to celebrate – especially for the four groups who have reached a tentative agreement.
I also want to emphasize that we still have a lot of hard work ahead of us. The majority of our members are continuing their talks. All other federal bargaining agents have yet to conclude any deals for their groups. I will continue to fight day in and day out to ensure that each and every single PIPSC member can achieve the same quality of deals as we’ve achieved for four groups this week. I ask you all to stand side-by-side with your colleagues as we achieve this goal.