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The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada > News & Events > Communications Magazine > Vol. 36, No. 4, Autumn 2010 > Collective Bargaining Report
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Collective Bargaining Report

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Audit, Financial and Scientific (AFS)

Expiry Date: December 21, 2011

The group is commencing its preparations for the next round of bargaining in anticipation of the expiry of its collective agreement in December 2011. In light of recent concessions demanded by the federal government, such as abandoning severance pay, the group is appealing for the involvement and support of every AFS member. The group has grave concerns about the recent pattern of concessions demanded by the employer. Severance was won for PIPSC members in the early days of negotiations as a trade-off for giving up cash-out of accumulated sick leave.

In addition, severance on resignation or retirement is an important benefit that tides members over between pay cheques when they change jobs. This benefit is worth a lot, financially and socially, for our members. The AFS group believes that its duty is to defend these hard-fought rights and not knuckle-under to pressure from the employer regardless of what other groups have chosen or may choose to do. Watch www.pipsc.ca for details about bargaining preparations. The group refuses to be bullied into a bad deal and won't settle for anything less than a good deal for its members.

Computer Systems (CS)

Expiry Date: December 21, 2010

The group withdrew from the expedited bargaining process and will re-examine its proposal in reaction to the inflexible demands the employer brought to the table regarding severance pay. The group will continue with the bargaining schedule which had been established before expedited bargaining was proposed. Meetings will be held with members to discuss in further detail what transpired during the attempted expedited bargaining process and how the group will proceed into future bargaining rounds.

NAV Canada (NAVCAN)

Expiry Date: April 30, 2010

The group executive is recommending acceptance of the tentative agreement as presented in the Memorandum of Settlement received from the employer on October 12, 2010. A ratification kit will be available in November. Lunch and Learn events will be held in the workplace to review the offer. This offer includes a one-year contract, expiring April 30, 2011; economic increases effective May 1, 2011 of 1% and 1.5% effective November 1 for six months; hours of work reduced from 7.75 to 7.5 per day; and cancellation of the proposed classification system.

Nureg Group

NUREG - Signing of the Collective Agreement Ceremony - November 8, 2010. (from left to right) Seated: Michael Binder (President and CEO, CNSC) and Gary Corbett (PIPSC President). Standing: Michel Cavallin, (CNSC); Natalie Harrington, (CNSC); Andrzej Banas (NUREG President); Tracey Sallie-D'Crus (CNSC); André Regimbald (member of the CNSC bargaining team); Ginette Simon (member of the CNSC bargaining team); Jamie Dunn (PIPSC Negotiator); Kofi Crentsil (NUREG Vice-President and member of the NUREG bargaining team); Justin Sigetich (member of the NUREG bargaining team); Gérard Lalonde (member of the NUREG bargaining team); and Lionel Dionne (PIPSC Research Officer).

Nuclear Regulatory Group (NUREG)

Expiry Date: March 31, 2011

The Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) has decided to amend the certification of PIPSC as the bargaining agent for employees at the Canadian Nuclear Security Commission (CNSC) to include all employees in the RL1 to RL7 levels with a few exceptions. Previously, only CNSC employees at the RL5 to RL7 levels were represented by PIPSC. Information material is being prepared for distribution to all affected employees.

Qs and As are being prepared and an information session is being organized for the new members. The group is committed to creating a productive labour-management environment and is preparing for upcoming negotiations for all represented CNSC employees. Further to the withdrawal of the government's appeal of the Federal Court decision regarding reimbursement of registration fees, members are encouraged to apply for their reimbursement as per Article 32.02 (Registration fees) of the Collective Agreement by completing a "request for reimbursement of membership fees" form.

Research (RE)

Expiry Date: September 30, 2010

On July 14, 2010, the group served notice to bargain. Treasury Board was slow to respond, but agreed to start negotiations on September 20, 2010. The group was informed that no proposals on pay would be forthcoming during the first meeting, even though by law the Treasury Board is supposed to have its full mandate ready. Following the failure of the employer's attempt at expedited bargaining, an exchange of proposals will take place on November 17 and one round of bargaining has been scheduled for December 13 to 15.