Between September 7–23, PSAC-CIU members will have the opportunity to vote on the Border Services (FB) tentative agreement reached with the employer in August following nation-wide work-to-rule strike action.
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The National Convention, which is the supreme governing body of our Union, is held once every three years and provides an opportunity for all CIU members to become involved in the operation and future of their Union. Although the Convention initially planned for October 2020 had to be postponed, we are pleased to announce that the event has been rescheduled to July 2021. Given the pandemic, the event will be held virtually.
We invite you to see the following documents for more information:
- Convention Call – CIU’s 19th National Convention
- 19th National Convention – Memo NO. 1
- Convention Resolution Form
(Please note: Convention Resolutions pertaining to collective bargaining must refer only to the procedure of bargaining and not actual bargaining demands. Bargaining demands are sought through a different forum and are referred, through the Component Collective Bargaining Committee, to the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Bargaining demands will not be dealt with at the CIU National Convention.)
CBSA is a Law Enforcement agency. Officers working at CBSA should be afforded the same pension benefit as other enforcement workers.
In negotiations this week with Treasury Board/CBSA our FB Bargaining Team reiterated that we are seeking a commitment from CBSA and Treasury Board that will support an early retirement plan similar to what is in place for other federal law enforcement personnel. In light of the work that we do, and in light of the employer’s legal obligation to place officers that require accommodation, we believe that such a retirement arrangement is not only in the interest of employees in the FB bargaining unit, but is also in fact in the interest of the Agency.
There are a number of locations across the country where CBSA management has been revoking or canceling compressed work weeks and flexible working arrangements – from Inland Enforcement to Trade Compliance to Hearings Officers. Our Team discussed again the need for our new contract to provide new protections in this area.
VACIS and HCVM
This week our Team reminded management that the employer cannot make unilateral changes without first gaining the union’s consent. Consequently we notified the employer that should the Agency attempt to contract out work associated with VACIS and HCVM, we will contact our legal counsel.
We made proposals that would require the union to be involved in the assigning of student work, and would protect union jobs from being held by students.
We addressed the ongoing sick leave issue this week by stating that we continue to seek either a renewal or improvements to the current sick leave regime. We made it clear that any improvements would need to be contained in the collective agreement. We reiterated that the underlying purpose of a sick leave system is to ensure that workers are not forced to choose between going to work sick or collecting a pay cheque.
We reiterated to the employer that we are seeking significant changes to the Workforce Adjustment Appendix. Our demands seek to preserve and improve public services, enhance protections against involuntary departures and ensure that our seniority be recognized.
We are next scheduled to meet in bargaining the week of April 11th. We’ll be sure to update as things progress.
Our PA bargaining team met Treasury Board at the bargaining table this week with renewed determination. Unfortunately, the employer continued to display minimal interest in responding to our proposals.
Treasury Board did signal it is considering some very small movements in response to union demands in certain leave provisions, as well as improved notice provisions in the discipline article. But mostly, the Employer remained focused on sick leave concessions and complained that we had too many demands at the bargaining table.
Our bargaining team reiterated the objective to come to the table every three years or so to improve wages and working conditions and resolve problems. We tabled new language on student employment and reviewed with the employer our proposals on maternity and parental leave.
Treasury Board withdrew its demand to remove the PM-7 wage grid from the collective agreement. Our team understands there are currently no PA members at the PM-7 level, but we cannot be sure that this classification will not be populated in the future.
Work Force Adjustment: We reiterated the need for significant changes to the Workforce Adjustment Appendix in this round of bargaining. Our demands seek to make the rules more transparent and reduce the significant anxiety the process causes workers. We are also looking to preserve and improve public services, enhance protections against involuntary departures and ensure that seniority is recognized.
Sick Leave: We addressed the ongoing sick leave issue this week by stating that we continue to seek either a renewal or improvements to the current sick leave regime. We made it clear that any improvements would need to be contained in the collective agreement. We reiterated that the underlying purpose of a sick leave system is to ensure that workers are not forced to choose between going to work sick or collecting a pay cheque.
We will be back at the table the week of April 11, 2016. Stay informed by visiting psacunion.ca/pa