(Annexe A) Looking back at our bargaining process

Important dates:

2003

28\03           Bargaining Demand input call was issued to the UTE Locals. Locals had until 09/05/2003 to send their bargaining demands and their priorities to the UTE National Office.

20-21/05      The UTE standing bargaining committee met to prepare the demands for the UTE national bargaining committee.

22-25/05      The UTE national bargaining committee met to review the bargaining demands and the priorities to submit to the PSAC/CCRA bargaining team.

11-14/07      Bargaining conference for PSAC/CCRA members (UTE/CEUDA).

15/07           First meeting of the PSAC/CCRA national strike/strategy committee

01/08           The notice to bargain was issued to the CCRA.

19/08           Electronic exchange of bargaining demands between the PSAC and the CCRA.

21/09           PSAC national joint strategy committee meeting.

24-29/08      First face-to-face meeting of the PSAC/CCRA union bargaining teams and the CCRA employer. National Capital members met with the bargaining team members to show support of the bargaining efforts.

28/08           PSAC/CCRA national strike/strategy committee meeting.
                            
19/09           UTE presidents demonstrated in front of the office of the CCRA Commissioner (despite the cold and rain). As a result, the employer committed to an additional two days to be added to the end of the already scheduled bargaining dates.

21/09          PSAC  national joint strike/strategy committee meeting.

27/09-05/10 Bargaining session between the PSAC/CCRA negotiating team and the CCRA. Several locals sent placards, which lined the walls of the bargaining room.

29/09           UTE Locals planned many activities and actions to support the bargaining team.     

02/10           PSAC/CCRA national strike/strategy committee meeting.

25/10           PSAC national joint strike/strategy committee meeting.

31/10           The collective agreement expired.

10-14/11      Bargaining session between the PSAC/CCRA negotiating team and the CCRA. Over 10,000 covers from expired collective agreements were submitted to the employer.
 
12/11           The employer had still not tabled any wage offers and there was no progress at the table. Bargaining was at a standstill.

13/11           The PSAC/CCRA team unanimously called for a strike vote in reaction to the employer’s inertia. The members of the PSAC/CCRA strike/strategy committee supported this request and forwarded the recommendation to the PSAC President.

STRIKE VOTE CALLED

17/11-18/12 The PSAC regional offices and the locals held strike vote meetings across the country.  84.78% of the members voted yes.

22/11           PSAC national joint strike/strategy committee meeting.

2004

07-09/01      Special meeting of the UTE Executive Council regarding the announcement from Paul Martin for the creation of a new border agency; the CCRA became the CRA. The CRA calls a halt to the implementation of the ACS standard.

10-13/01      The PSAC/CRA negotiating team met following this announcement. A conciliation officer was requested. The PSAC/CRA bargaining team requested that a complaint of bad faith bargaining be filed against the CRA.

12/01           PSAC/CRA national strike/strategy committee meeting.

12-16/01      A bargaining session that was scheduled, but was cancelled following Paul Martin’s announcement for the establishment of the border agency.

17/01           PSAC national joint strike/strategy committee meeting.

02-16/02      A mailing and email campaign was launched to MPs to have them return to the House.

15-21/02      Bargaining session between PSAC/CRA and the CRA in the presence of Mr. Guy Baron, the conciliation officer.

16/02           PSAC/CRA national strike/strategy committee meeting. National Capital members, bargaining team members and Component presidents held an information picket in front of the bargaining room.

17/02           The complaint of bad faith bargaining against the CRA was filed.

28/02           PSAC national joint strike/strategy committee meeting.

15-18/03      Bargaining session between the PSAC/CRA and the CRA in the presence of the conciliator.  As a result of the employers refusal to bargain and modify their positions at the table the conciliation officer calls for the proceedings to be ended.  The PSAC/CRA negotiating team requests a conciliation board.

18/03           PSAC/CRA strategy committee meeting.

24/03           The PSAC formally applies to the PSSRB for the establishment of a conciliation board. Our representative is Mr. James Woolfgang

03/05           PSAC/CCRA national strike/strategy committee meeting.

10/05           An MOU is signed between the employer and the union
                   to end the designation process.

11/05           The designation process ends and the PSSRB can proceed with
                   establishing the conciliation board.

26/05           The PSSRB agrees to establish the conciliation board and informs the employer that it has seven (7) days to appoint its representative.

01/06           Letter from the PSSRB for setting up the conciliation board. The conciliation board has 14 days after being established to prepare a report, but as often as not, this deadline is not met.

02/06           The employer informs the PSSRB that their representative is Sandra Budd.
   
08/06           PSAC/CCRA national strike/strategy committee meeting.

05/07           PSAC national joint strike/strategy committee meeting.

04-06/08      The members of the PSAC/CRA bargaining team meet to finalize preparation for the conciliation board.

07-10/08      Hearing before the members of the conciliation board. The members of the CRA/PSAC bargaining team, with the approval of President Thomas Kuttner and the support of the PSAC negotiator and researcher, present most of the demands themselves before the members of the conciliation board. 

11/08           PSAC/CCRA national strike/strategy committee meeting.

27/08          Conciliation report filed by the Public Service Staff Relations Board.

31/08-03/09 Bargaining team meeting for the 03/09 conciliation board report.

01/09           PSAC/CRA strike/strategy committee meeting with members of the bargaining team.

03/09           PSAC/CCRA national strike/strategy committee meeting.

06-08/09      Bargaining session between the bargaining teams of the PSAC/CRA union and the CCRA employer.

08/09           Beginning of the strike period.

16/09           PSAC/CCRA national strike/strategy committee meeting.

29/09           PSAC national joint strike/strategy committee meeting.
30/09           PSAC/CCRA national strike/strategy committee meeting.

07-13/10      Bargaining session between the bargaining teams of the PSAC/CCRA union and the CCRA employer.  An agreement in principle is signed since there is nothing more to accomplish at the bargaining table and since monetary issues were imposed by the Treasury Board.

13/10           End of the strike period.

22/11-0912  Ratification vote meeting period for members to vote on the PSAC/CCRA agreement in principle.

10/12           The PSAC/CCRA agreement in principle is accepted and the members of the bargaining team sign the collective agreement.

In Solidarity,
Denis Lalancette
2nd Vice-President National