Parties agree on arbitration process, preparations for coming round underway
Our PSAC/UTE Bargaining Team met with the CRA on May 3rd and 4th to discuss wage increases for 2014 and 2015, consistent with our collective agreement signed last year. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach an agreement over the two days and therefore proceeded to next step under our contract and the law – to discuss and agree upon an arbitration process.
After several meetings and on-going correspondence between the parties, we agreed upon an arbitration process in July. We are now in the process of selecting an arbitrator. Once that’s completed the arbitrator will set dates to hear our dispute, and will subsequently render a decision.
In the meantime, preparations are underway for the negotiation of our next collective agreement. While we remain in dispute with the Agency regarding increases in 2014 and 2015, this does not mean that we cannot begin negotiations for a new collective agreement, as the parties have always in the past commenced negotiations on non-economic items first.
The process for UTE Locals to submit bargaining demands closed on June 1st, 2017. UTE will now proceed to reviewing, selecting and prioritizing those demands. A bargaining team will be established early this fall for the upcoming round.