Temporary incentive package for CRA compensation advisors

February 8, 2018

The Union of Taxation Employees (UTE) is pleased to announce that we have recently negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Canada Revenue Agency to provide temporary incentives to compensation advisors at the SP-04, SP-05 and SP-06 group and levels, working at the Compensation Client Service Centre. Attached you will find a copy of the MOU.

Since the implementation of the new Phoenix pay system in early 2016, and indeed even before that, the parties have recognized our members in Compensation have worked very hard to meet increasing pay administration and compensation demands. Moreover, UTE recognizes and acknowledges the efforts of these members in stressful and demanding situations.

In a renewed spirit of meaningful consultation with the employer, the parties agreed to a number of incentives to help enhance the recruitment and retention of our compensation advisors, and allow us to continue to address the challenging pay administration issues related to the implementation of Phoenix. Accordingly, UTE wishes to acknowledge the employer’s cooperation and good will in this matter.

These incentives are similar to the ones offered to compensation advisors at the equivalent group and levels, represented by the PSAC in the core public administration, in August 2017. Some of the highlights include:

  • a one-time incentive payment of $4,000: for current staff, new recruits and former retirees who return to work;
  • increased overtime rate: all overtime hours will be compensated at double time (instead of time and a half) during the period between August 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018;
  • carry-over of annual leave: unused vacation leave credits earned during the 2017-2018 vacation year on March 31, 2018, in excess of the allotted maximum of 262.5 hours, will be carried-over into the following vacation year; employees can still request a cash-out of excess leave should they wish to do so;
  • carry-over of compensatory leave: compensatory leave earned in the fiscal year 2017‑2018, will not be paid out, in whole or in part, other than at the request of the employee and with the approval of the manager.

These incentives are effective as of January 30, 2018, the date of signing of the MOU, and will end on June 1, 2018. You can find more information about the temporary incentive package on the UTE website at www.ute-sei.org and/or on InfoZone and in the frequently asked questions.

Although these measures are temporary (as outlined in the MOU), UTE is committed to continuing its efforts to more permanently recognize the efforts of these members.

In solidarity,

National President
Union of Taxation Employees