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FB Bargaining: Union Pushes for New Protections, Work-Life Balance

Picture of a Border Services Officer with the words FB Bargaining

Employer seeks to eliminate scheduling rights, attacks Care and Nurturing Leave.

On January 7-10, the PSAC/CIU’s Border Services (FB) bargaining team kicked off a new round of bargaining, meeting with Treasury Board and Canada Border Services Agency (TB/CBSA) negotiators and exchanging proposals.

The team made it clear to the TB/CBSA that the union’s goals for this round of bargaining are to further close the gap with the broader law enforcement community, fix problems in the workplace and ensure new rights and protections.

Below are some key proposals from PSAC/CIU:

New protections

  • New protections in the context of discipline, and protections against abuse of authority and harassment.
  • Elimination of name tags for uniformed officers, replacing them with badge numbers.
  • New protections in the context of firearm and control defence tactics re-certification.
  • Whistleblowing protections so that union members can expose wrongdoing.

Appropriate pay for recruits and new officers

  • Immediate transition to the FB-3 pay rate upon graduation from Rigaud.

Work-life balance

  • Improvements to various leave provisions.
  • Fixes to on-going scheduling and overtime problems.
  • Telework options for Trade Compliance and other non-uniformed members.
  • Protections that would ensure improved access to Leave with Income Averaging.

Retirement Reform

  • Seeking a commitment from Treasury Board and CBSA in bargaining for an early retirement regime comparable to other federal law enforcement agencies.

The bargaining team will be making proposals concerning wages once it has had the opportunity to analyze payroll and demographic data provided by the TB/CBSA. PSAC/CIU will also be conducting a survey on compensation in the broader law enforcement community in Canada.

Management tabled a number of significant concessions, from the elimination of scheduling rights to draconian changes to the Care and Nurturing Leave. While the union told management it is committed to bargaining in good faith, the union also made it clear it will not accept concessions.

The next bargaining session is scheduled for February 26.

A version of this article was first posted on the PSAC website.

PSAC Files Complaint Against Treasury Board/CBSA Over Delay to Salary Adjustments and Retroactive Pay

CIU Flag / Drapeau du SDI

PSAC is taking action in response to Treasury Board/Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) failure to meet the implementation deadline for the latest FB collective agreement. This will affect over 8,300 PSAC members working at CBSA locations across the country.

PSAC today filed a complaint on behalf of CBSA workers under the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act (FPSLRA). Members should have seen the implementation of their newest contract by November 30, but CBSA workers are still waiting despite having signed the agreement in July.

PSAC is disappointed over the government’s inability to meet reasonable implementation deadlines for its workers at the CBSA, especially considering the union generously doubled the timeframe, from 75 days to 150 days. This has been a reoccurring problem, as the government has struggled to meet its implementation deadlines for several other collective agreements such as CFIA, Parks Canada and the PA, SV, TC and EB groups, due to Phoenix issues.

PSAC will ask the Board to order the employer to pay damages to CBSA workers, and to take all necessary steps to immediately comply with the FPSLRA and implement the terms of the collective agreement.

Once the employer has responded to the complaint a hearing date will be set. PSAC will continue to keep its members informed about any further developments.

A version of this article was first posted on the PSAC website.

Border Services Bargaining to Begin in January

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With bargaining input gathered from every CIU branch across Canada and our FB Bargaining Team now elected and in place, PSAC has proposed dates in January to the Treasury Board to commence negotiations for a new FB collective agreement. An update will be provided once dates are confirmed. We look forward to getting back to the bargaining table and making CBSA a better place to work.

November 21, 2018 update: Last Friday, PSAC and Treasury Board confirmed that the parties will exchange proposals and commence negotiations for a new collective agreement for the Border Services (FB) group the week of January 7th, 2019.

Stay up to date with bargaining news by visiting the PSAC’s Border Services bargaining webpage, or sign up to receive the PSAC’s e-News.

A version of this article was first posted on the PSAC website.

Victory: PSAC Secures Over a Million Dollars Owed to Border Services Members

CIU Flag / Drapeau du SDI

PSAC-CIU has successfully challenged, through a policy grievance, a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) breach of the Border Services (FB) collective agreement that expired June 20, 2014.

PSAC had negotiated a new annual allowance for all employees performing Border Services duties. The amount was set at $1,250 annually for non-uniformed officers and $1,750 annually for uniformed officers, to be paid monthly to all BSOs who worked a minimum of 75 hours in that calendar month. The Employer however refused to compensate members who worked the 75 hours in the month of June 2013.

Following PSAC-CIU’s legal challenge, the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board (FPSLREB) recently issued a decision affirming that the Employer needed to pay all members in accordance with the provisions of this new allowance for the month of June 2013. This decision makes it consistent with the sick leave and annual leave provisions. This victory will see over 1 million dollars given back to the Border Services members affected and sets a precedent for any future allowances negotiated with similar language.

A version of this article was posted on the PSAC website.

Border Services Delegates United and Ready for Upcoming Negotiations

FB Bargaining Conference / Conférence nationale, négos du groupe FB

PSAC / CIU members working at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) held a Bargaining Conference in the National Capital Region, October 10 to 12, 2018, to prepare for upcoming negotiations for a new collective agreement. Border Services delegates from across the country are united and ready to fight for a fair collective agreement.

Delegates reviewed membership recommendations for contract improvements, discussed the bargaining process and developed mobilizing strategies for members in their regions and across Canada.

Delegates also elected the Border Services (FB) Bargaining Team, which will sit across from the employer throughout negotiations and fight for improvements to the current contract. The most recent four-year collective agreement with CBSA expired June 20, 2018.

The team will provide regular updates during the bargaining process. The full package of bargaining proposals will also be made available once it is presented to the employer.

We strongly encourage members to visit the FB bargaining webpage, sign up to receive the PSAC electronic newsletter directly, and stay in touch with elected bargaining team members:

Border Services (FB) Bargaining Team

  • Leanne Hugues, Border Services Officer, British Columbia
  • Claude Bouchard, Border Services Officer, Quebec
  • Frances Baroutoglou, Border Services Officer, Ontario
  • Jonathan Ross, Border Services Officer, Atlantic
  • Michael Aessie, Border Services Officer, Prairies
  • Mathew Ashworth, Border Services Officer, Ontario
  • Ken Turner, Border Services Officer, Ontario
  • Joey Dunphy, Border Services Officer, Atlantic
  • Charles Khoury, Senior Program Officer, National Capital Region

FB Bargaining Team

Alternates

  • Mathieu Landry, Quebec
  • Murray Star, Ontario
  • Stewart Saunderson, Ontario
  • Tammy Firlotte, Atlantic
  • Jordan Smith, Ontario
  • Keith Palmer, British Columbia
  • Andrew Wiersema, Ontario
  • Emily Henry, Ontario

PSAC Research Officer

  • David-Alexandre Leblanc

PSAC Communications Officer

  • Jonathan Choquette

PSAC Negotiator

  • Morgan Gay

A version of this article was posted on the PSAC website.