Parties unable to agree on arbitrator – Labour Board assigns one for our dispute.
In May our PSAC/UTE Bargaining Team met with the CRA to discuss wage increases for 2014 and 2015, consistent with our collective agreement signed last year. Because we were unable to reach an agreement over the two days we therefore proceeded to next step under our contract and the law – to discuss and agree upon an arbitration process.
During the summer the parties met and had several discussions concerning an arbitration process. Once one was agreed upon we set about selecting an arbitrator. Because the parties were not able to ultimately agree on which arbitrator should hear our case, the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board has selected one for us, consistent with our agreement.
We are now in the process of setting a hearing date. Once a date has been selected we’ll be sure to provide an update. Should the CRA receive a mandate to resume negotiations with us, we will be prepared to set dates and return to the bargaining table. Otherwise we will await our hearing date.
In the meantime, preparations continue for the negotiation of our next collective agreement. The UTE Collective Bargaining Committee is reviewing the membership demands submitted by locals across the country earlier this year. A Negotiating Team will be established later this fall for the upcoming round.