Today, the Treasury Board signed our new collective agreement for the Border Services (FB) group.
Now that the collective agreement has been signed, all the provisions of the agreement are in effect and CBSA has a maximum of 150 days from the date of signing to adjust employees’ wages and pay out retroactive payments.
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has been pushing the Treasury Board to sign our new collective agreement for the Border Services (FB) group this month. As of this morning, the Treasury Board has confirmed that the date of signature will be July 3, 2018.
Once the collective agreement is signed, all the provisions of the agreement will be in effect and CBSA will have a maximum of 150 days from the date of signing to adjust employees’ wages and pay out retroactive payments.
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has been pushing the Treasury Board to sign our new collective agreement for the Border Services (FB) group this month. While there has been some dialogue with the employer, we do not yet have a firm date committed to by the government. If we do not have a signed FB contract by July 3, PSAC and its Component, the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU), will be organizing a National Day of Action across the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) offices. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please speak with your Branch President or PSAC Regional Office.
PSAC has been pushing the government to sign four collective agreements by the end of May, but the employer is insisting they won’t be ready until mid-June at the earliest. These agreements, covering over 100,000 workers, were ratified by the membership in votes that concluded in April.
PSAC still waiting for drafts of agreements
At this time, the final drafts of the agreement for the Program and Administrative Services (PA) Group and the agreement for the Education and Library Science (EB) Group are just about finalized. PSAC has yet to receive the draft agreements covering the Technical Services (TC) and Operational Services (SV) Groups, even though the employer has had months to get the drafts ready. We are committed to reviewing the draft agreements and replying to the employer in less than three days.
Members have waited long enough
These agreements, which took over two and a half years to negotiate, do not go into effect until they are signed. PSAC believes our members, who have also spent the last year dealing with the Phoenix pay system debacle, have waited long enough. We are continuing to pressure the employer to make this a priority and sign these agreements signed as soon as possible.
A version of this article was also published on the PSAC website.