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SV members ratify new tentative agreement

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PSAC members in the Operational Services (SV) bargaining unit have voted in favour of their tentative agreement.

The unit represents nearly 10,000 federal public service workers who have gone above and beyond to support Canadians during this pandemic.

The new collective agreement covers the 2018-2021 period and provides fair wages, no concessions and improved working conditions.

“I am proud of the elected members of our bargaining teams for their unwavering dedication during this round of talks,” said Chris Aylward, PSAC National President. “Thanks to their hard work and the solidarity shown by thousands of members across the country, we were able to negotiate a fair deal. We’re now in a strong position to build on these improvements in the next round of bargaining.”

Next Steps

In the coming weeks, PSAC will meet with Treasury Board representatives to sign the new collective agreement. With the exception of monetary provisions, which are retroactive, new contract terms come into effect on the date of signing.

The employer has 180 days from the signing of the contract to implement wage increases, wage adjustments and allowances. As explained in the ratification kits, in view of this extended implementation timeline, PSAC negotiated a $500 lump sum payment into all contracts.

PSAC will update members when the contract is signed. Please keep your contact information up to date via the PSAC member portal.

Parks, CFIA and FB group

Members in the Parks and CFIA units vote between October 5 and November 4.

Members in the Border Services (FB) unit are still in talks.

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

Reminder: Cast your ballot in PA, EB, TC & SV ratification votes before September 29

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We are getting close to the end of the voting period to ratify the new tentative agreements for the PATCEBSV and PSAC-UTE groups. PSAC has organized ratification votes between August 24 and September 29 for PA, TC, EB and PSAC-UTE members, and from August 31 to October 5 for SV members in each PSAC region.

In order to be eligible to vote you must:

  • have received your personal identification number by e-mail or mail (your PIN is required to vote, but is not required to register and attend a webinar)
  • ensure you are a member in good standing (MIGS)
  • attend a 15-minute webinar session

If you still haven’t received your PIN, please check your junk e-mail folder and if it is not found there contact your PSAC Regional Office. If you need more information on how to participate in ratification votes, please visit our national website.

If you have not registered and attended a webinar, please do so by checking out the regional websites for dates. If you have attended a webinar and have not yet voted, please vote to have your voice heard.

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

PA, EB, TC and SV groups ratification kits, including the full text of the agreements, are now available [updated]

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PA Group

On July 9, PSAC’s PA bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with Treasury Board. The bargaining team unanimously recommends ratification of the new agreement.

The ratification kit which includes the full text of the tentative agreement is now available for download.

Members will soon be invited to participate in an online ratification process. Details will be shared as soon as they are available.

EB Group

On July 23, PSAC’s EB bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with Treasury Board. The bargaining team unanimously recommends ratification of the new agreement.

The ratification kit which includes the full text of the tentative agreement is now available for download.

Members will soon be invited to participate in an online ratification process. Details will be shared as soon as they are available.

TC Group

On July 21, PSAC’s TC bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with Treasury Board. The bargaining team unanimously recommends ratification of the new agreement.

The ratification kit which includes the full text of the tentative agreement is now available for download.

Members will soon be invited to participate in an online ratification process. Details will be shared as soon as they are available.

SV Group

On August 14, PSAC’s SV bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with Treasury Board. The bargaining team unanimously recommends ratification of the new agreement.

The ratification kit, which includes the full text of the tentative agreement, is now available for download.

Members now have the opportunity to participate in an online ratification process from August 31 to October 5.

The original version was first posted on the PSAC website: PA, EB, TC and SV.

Register to cast your ballot in PA, TC, EB, SV and CRA ratification votes (and get answers to your questions)

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The PA, TC, EB and SV groups as well as PSAC-UTE have reached tentative agreements with their employers, and PSAC members will now have the opportunity to vote on their new collective agreements.

PSAC has organized ratification votes between August 24 and September 29 in each PSAC region to allow you to cast your ballot.

 

SV group reaches tentative agreement

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PSAC has reached a tentative agreement that provides increases to wages, no concessions, improved working conditions and a breakthrough increase to the shift premium rate for nearly 10,000 members of the Operational Services (SV) group under Treasury Board.

In addition to these successful talks, SV members will also be awarded a Phoenix damages settlement to compensate members for the pain and suffering caused by the broken pay system. Please read the update which provides greater detail on the general Phoenix compensation portion of the settlement, as well as the expansion of the claims process for out-of-pocket expenses and for those who suffered major losses because of Phoenix.

SV Group settlement

The PSAC bargaining team successfully secured fair wage increases averaging at 2.11% per year. SV group members would receive the following wage increases:

2018 2019 2020
2.8% 2.2% 1.35%

In addition to these wage increases, the following group-specific wage adjustments and allowances were also secured: ​ 

  • An increase of 12.5% to the flat rate amounts for the firefighter Long service pay
  • A wage adjustment of 9% in the 3rd year of the agreement for lightkeepers (LI)
  • An increase to the allowance for refrigeration HVAC technicians (GL-MAM) from $8,000 to $8,480
  • An increase to the lightkeeper’s supplementary allowance from $2,237 to $2,371 for one- and two-employee stations, and from $1,917 to $2,032 for four-employee stations
  • An increase to the meals and quarter allowance for ships’ crews (SC) from $10.50 to $13 for workdays less than 12 hours and $11.50 to $14 for workdays more than 12 hours.
  • An increase to the rescue specialist allowance for ships’ crews from $136 to $175 per month
  • An increase to the armed board allowance for ships’ crews from $158 to $175 per month
  • An increase to the diving duty allowance for ships’ crews from $821 to $858 per year

Other improvements to the SV collective agreement include: 

  • An increase of 12.5% to the shift premium from $2.00 to $2.25 per hour
  • An expansion of the definition of family for the purpose of care of family, family-related leave responsibilities, and bereavement leave articles
  • An increase to the meal allowance for overtime from $10 to $12
  • Improvements to travel time to pay for up to five hours of compensation for any stopovers

Common issues settlement

When we obtained a settlement for the PA group, PSAC also reached a settlement for Treasury Board issues common to all groups. Some of the key improvements include:

  • A one-time payment of $500 in recognition of the extended collective agreement implementation deadline and an additional $50 for every subsequent 90-day delay
  • Ten days of paid Domestic Violence Leave
  • Better language on return to work following a Maternity or Parental Leave, giving more flexibility to parents who wish to change positions within the federal public service.
  • Improvements to Parental Leave pay
    • Updated language to match the new legislation including a new extended leave option and the sharing of Parental Leave
    • Expanded supplementary allowance for every week an employee is on extended or shared Parental Leave
    • Additional weeks for parents covered under the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan, when both parents work in the public service.
  • New Memorandum of Understanding to explore the issues related to childcare in the public service
  • Updated and improved language to match the new legislation on Compassionate Care and Caregiving Leave
  • Better language to allow the use of employer facilities for union activities
  • New Memorandum of Understanding to protect certain working conditions of civilian members of the RCMP
  • New Memorandum of Understanding on mental health in the workplace to support the work of the Centre for Expertise on Mental Health
  • In the event of workforce adjustment, the education allowance has increased to $17,000.
  • Deletion of Memorandum of Understanding on Supporting Employee Wellness. As a result, Sick Leave will remain untouched.

Full text and next steps

We will share the final text and full details of the SV group tentative agreement, and common issues agreement, as soon as it becomes available. Shortly thereafter, SV members will be invited to participate in online ratification votes. Details about the votes will be shared as soon as possible.

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

To ensure that you receive all updates and can participate in the ratification process, please ensure that you have either updated your contact information on PSAC’s member portal, or that you create an account if you have not done so already.

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