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UPDATED: Bargaining demands Input Call for Border Services (FB) — Deadline extended to January 28

The Public Service Alliance of Canada will soon be approaching the employer to begin negotiations for the renewal of the collective agreement.

During the last round of bargaining, PSAC-CIU achieved important gains at the bargaining table thanks to sustained member engagement. To ensure success this next round, it’s critical that members participate in the process by submitting their bargaining proposals.

Members of the bargaining unit are encouraged to fill out the online form to provide the improvements and changes they would like to see made to the collective agreement.

This form will be open for input until January 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Members will be prompted to login to access the form.

This article was first posted on the PSAC website.

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.

PA, TC, EB & SV Groups: PSAC Exchanges Bargaining Proposals With Treasury Board


Collective bargaining has officially begun for 90,000 PSAC members. This week, PSAC bargaining teams met with Treasury Board officials. Both the union and the employer exchanged their bargaining proposals and clarified initial questions.

Federal public service workers in the Program and Administrative Services (PA), Technical Services (TC), Education and Library Science (EB) and Operational Services (SV) bargaining units are seeking new collective agreements in this round of bargaining.

Their current contracts will expire within the next four months.

This is the first of three negotiation meetings scheduled throughout the summer to discuss group-specific proposals and common issues affecting all employees.

The next scheduled meetings are to take place from June 20 to 21 and July 10 to 12.

For more than two years our members have endured countless hardships because of the Phoenix pay system fiasco, but they continued to show up to work every day and deliver the critical services Canadians depend on. We expect the Liberal government to come to the table with a deal that reflects that level of commitment and the value of their work.

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