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FB Ratification votes to be held June 20 to July 4

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Ratification votes for PSAC-CIU members working at the Canada Border Services Agency will begin June 20 and end July 4 at 12 p.m. ET.

In order for FB members to receive their new rates of pay, retroactive pay, and lump sum payment, the new agreement must first be ratified. To ensure this ratification process is done as quickly as possible, PSAC will be conducting an online ratification process.

The ratification vote will be conducted using the same online voting platform used for strike votes earlier this year.

How to vote

PSAC will be holding mandatory virtual information sessions, and you can vote at any time after attending a session up until the voting deadline July 4 at 12 p.m. ET.

Ensure you are a Member in Good Standing. If you are on an extended leave (parental, disability, etc.), you can request to maintain good status while on leave prior to the vote.

Check your email: All FB group members will have received an email from communications@psac-afpc.vote on June 14 with the link to PSAC’s voting platform and the credentials needed to log in. If we only have your home address on file, your voting credentials will have been mailed to you.

If you did not receive an email on June 14, check your junk mail or other folders in your personal email account. If you’ve checked those folders and still don’t have the email, or if we don’t have your personal email on file, you can fill out a PSAC membership form to update your contact information.

Once you submit the online membership form, PSAC will issue your voting credentials to you as soon as possible.

Participate in a mandatory information session: Upon receipt of your login credentials, please proceed to register for voting sessions using the online voting platform link.

Submit your vote: Once you attend a mandatory information session, you will then be provided with a link to vote. Following the information session, you can vote immediately or stay on to participate in a live Q&A session with members of the FB bargaining team.

Vote session dates and times

Register for one of the following mandatory information sessions:

Sessions in English

  • Thursday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. ET in English
  • Friday, June 21, 2:00 p.m. ET in English
  • Sunday, June 23, 7:00 p.m. ET in English
  • Monday, June 24, 10:00 p.m. ET in English
  • Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 a.m. ET in English
  • Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m. ET in English
  • Thursday, June 27, 7:30 p.m. ET in English
  • Friday, June 28, 10:00 a.m. ET in English
  • Tuesday, July 2, 5:00 p.m. ET in English
  • Wednesday, July 3, 10:00 p.m. ET in English

Sessions in French

  • Friday, June 21, 9:00 a.m. ET in French
  • Tuesday, June 25 5:00 p.m. ET in French
  • Wednesday, June 26, 8:00 p.m. ET in French
  • Friday, June 28, 1:00 p.m. ET in French
  • Tuesday, July 2, 9:30 a.m. ET in French

Register here

This article was first posted on the PSAC website.

FB ratification kit now available: A message from the CIU National President

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On June 11, 2024, the PSAC-CIU bargaining team for the FB group secured a tentative agreement for over 9,000 members at CBSA. This agreement represents the culmination of nearly two years of intense work at the bargaining table and brings to our members outstanding gains in several areas, notably on the wage front. The ratification kit is now available, and I invite all our members to see the full details of the tentative agreement.

The dedication of our FB bargaining team to obtaining the best deal for our members leaves the FB group in a markedly stronger position. The resulting tentative agreement is a resounding success for all our members, without whom this victory would not have been possible. Once again, it is through your support and solidarity that our team was able to secure the improvements you all so decidedly deserve.

Over the next few weeks, members will have the opportunity to attend ratification sessions and vote on the agreement. Further details will be announced in the coming days.

The FB bargaining team unanimously recommends ratification of the tentative agreement, and I could not be prouder of adding my voice to this recommendation. This tentative agreement is the latest in a long line of victories, illustrating once more what we as a union can accomplish together.

Thank you and in solidarity,

Mark Weber
CIU National President

Summary of FB tentative agreement

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After more than two years without a contract and a tremendous display of solidarity from FB members across the country, PSAC and the Customs and Immigration Union have reached a tentative agreement for more than 9,000 Canada Border Services Agency workers.

The agreement provides wage increases that greatly exceed those provided across the broader law enforcement community in Canada, stronger workplace protections, and improvements for both uniformed and non-uniformed members at CBSA. A full copy of the new language is available in the ratification kit.

The FB bargaining team unanimously recommends ratification of the tentative agreement.

Highlights of the tentative agreement

Duration

The four-year agreement will expire on June 20, 2026.

Wages increases that exceed other major Canadian law enforcement agencies

PSAC negotiated wage increases totaling 14.8% over four years – representing a compounded increase of 15.73% – retroactive to June 2022. These wage increases greatly exceed increases provided across the broader law enforcement community in Canada – including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – for the years of the agreement.

  • Effective June 21, 2022 – 3.5% + 1.25% for a total compounded increase of 4.8%
  • Effective June 21, 2023 – 3% + 2.8% for a total compounded increase of 5.9%
  • Effective June 21, 2024 – 2% + 0.25% for a total compounded increase of 2.255%
  • Effective June 21, 2025 – 2%

One-time lump-sum payment

PSAC secured a pensionable $2,500 one-time lump sum payment for all employees in the bargaining unit upon the date of signing. The pensionable lump sum payment will be applicable to all members of the bargaining unit employed at the time of signing the agreement. For members approaching retirement, the pensionable lump sum payment will contribute to their average salary for their best five years of service and increase their overall pension payments in retirement.

Other monetary gains

  • A 12.5% increase in shift and weekend premium – from $2.00 to $2.25 an hour. Our shift and weekend premiums are now the highest in the federal law enforcement community, and greatly exceed other major law enforcement organizations such as the OPP and  Sûreté du Québec.
  • Members in Intelligence, Investigations and Inland Enforcement will be reimbursed up to $500 a year for the purchase of plain clothes.
  • A new annual Hearings Officer allowance of $500.
  • A new pensionable, annual $1000 allowance for non-uniform employees.
  • The employer must now reimburse employees for the cost of medical certificates up to $35.

Leave improvements

  • Employees will now be able to access four weeks of vacation leave after seven years of employment instead of eight years of employment.
  • Improvements regarding travelling time, including a reduction from 40 nights to 20 nights to access an additional day of leave.
  • Expanded access to Family-Related Responsibility and Bereavement Leave.

Protections around technological changes  

The new agreement provides clear mechanisms for meaningful discussion with the union on any proposed technological changes in the workplace and includes new protections in the context of the introduction of new systems and software.

Discipline

For the first time, we have secured new language in the agreement that ensures employees have access to union representation in all disciplinary, administrative and investigative meetings conducted by CBSA management – including Professional Standards Investigations. The agreement also contains new language that ensures an appropriate effort will be made to conduct investigations within a reasonable amount of time. Lengthy, drawn-out investigations have been a longstanding issue for FB members at CBSA.

Hours of work and Variable Shift Scheduling Agreements

We successfully pushed back against employer concessions around hours of work and Variable Shift Scheduling Agreements (VSSAs). The union has retained the ability to negotiate VSSAs at the local level and protected union members’ right to vote on local VSSAs.

The new agreement contains language that establishes a new committee mandated to discuss line bidding by seniority that builds on the existing language in the collective agreement. We also defended members’ rights to access Leave Without Pay for Care of Family without reference to operational requirements.

Implementation

If the collective agreement implementation period goes beyond 180 days and when the outstanding amount owed is greater than $500, the employer will pay a $200 lump sum per member.

Telework

The FB bargaining team secured an agreement in line with Treasury Board collective agreements in a letter of agreement that requires managers to assess remote work requests individually, not by group, and provide written responses that will allow members and PSAC to hold the employer accountable to equitable and fair decision-making on remote work.

That means employee rights around remote work arrangements will be protected through a grievance process, and grievances that are not settled prior to the final step of the grievance process can be referred to a new joint union-management panel for review in each department to address issues related to the employer’s application of the remote work directive in the workplace.  

In addition to the letter signed between PSAC and Treasury Board, the President of CBSA has, in tandem with negotiations, committed in writing to establish a national joint CIU-CBSA committee to engage in consultation concerning the hybrid work model at CBSA. The committee has committed to meet immediately, well before Spember2024

PSAC and Treasury Board have also agreed to create a joint committee to review and update the telework policy for the government last updated in 2020 – before the pandemic began.

Next steps

FB group members will be invited to participate in online ratification votes will be shared as soon as possible. Details about the ratification vote process will be shared in the coming days. Our bargaining team is unanimously recommending a YES vote.

To ensure that you receive all updates and can participate in the ratification process, please update your contact information.

Attachments:

PDF icon 2024-06-13_fb_border_services_-_ratification_kit.pdf

This article was first posted on the PSAC website.

Tentative agreement reached for more than 9,000 workers at Canada Border Services Agency, summary available

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After nearly two years of without a contract, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) have reached tentative agreements with Treasury Board and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for over 9,000 members of the FB bargaining unit.

The four-year agreement – spanning from June 2022 to June 2026 – includes a total compounded wage increase of 15.7%, highlighting the value of the work done by FB unit members and exceeding recent wage increases provided in other Canadian law enforcement agencies. Additionally, the agreement features enhanced protections relative to technological changes, and better provisions for shift scheduling and leave.

Our bargaining team worked around the clock to secure the best contract for our members, and this tentative agreement is a testament to their incredible hard work and dedication,” said Sharon DeSousa, PSAC National President. “This is a well-deserved victory for our members at CBSA who safeguard our nation’s borders and ensure the safety and security of all Canadians.”

The agreement, reached after nine days of around-the-clock negotiations, avoids potential job action at Canada’s borders.

I’m proud of the solidarity our members have shown over the past two years of negotiations,” said Mark Weber, CIU National President. “Our bargaining team couldn’t have won this agreement without the support of thousands of members across the country who supported their efforts.”

The FB bargaining team is unanimously recommending ratification of the tentative agreement. An online vote will take place in the coming weeks.

This article was first posted on the PSAC website.

Tentative agreement reached for more than 9,000 workers at Canada Border Services Agency, strike action averted

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The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) have reached a tentative agreement for more than 9,000 workers at CBSA, avoiding potential job action at Canada’s borders.

Our bargaining team has been working around the clock to secure the best contract for our members, and this tentative agreement is a testament to their incredible hard work and dedication,” said Sharon DeSousa, PSAC National President. ”This is a well-deserved victory for our members at CBSA who safeguard our nation’s borders and ensure the safety and security of all Canadians.

Full details of the tentative agreement will be announced once the ratification kit is available for members Thursday, June 13.

I’m proud of the solidarity our members have shown over that past two years of negotiations,” said Mark Weber, CIU National President. “Our bargaining team couldn’t have won this agreement without the strength and support shown by thousands of members across the country who took action to support our bargaining team.

This article was first posted on the PSAC website.