Excerpt from REGULATION 15 Public Service Alliance of Canada
PSAC Regulations – May 2015 Edition
3.11.8 Ratification votes shall be held at meetings conducted for the purpose of explaining the terms of the tentative agreement, except where the isolated nature of the worksite or shift schedules require that special arrangements be made.
First I would like to say thank you to the UTE Bargaining Team for all of the hard work, and effort that they have put in over the last 41 months as they attempted to negotiate a new contract. Most members will never realize the frustration that they must endure during this process. Their continued patience and dedication to make improvements and protect the benefits that have been previously obtained in your contract must be applauded. Collective bargaining is the most important responsibility of the Union, and the Bargaining Team never once strayed from their responsibility.
Late Wednesday night, after 4 years of negotiations, 3 mediation sessions, a Public Interest Commission hearing and recommendation, our bargaining team signed a settlement with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). This will be submitted for a vote to the membership.
We believe this agreement is the best we will be able to achieve in the absence of a strike mandate from PSAC/UTE membership at CRA.
Over the coming days, more details will be made available with respect to the content of the settlement and voting process.
On Wednesday night our UTE/PSAC bargaining team signed a settlement with the Canada Revenue Agency. We did so because we believe that this is the best that our union is going to be able to achieve without receiving a strike mandate from UTE members at CRA. The team feels that it’s time that the membership have the opportunity to vote.
The settlement would improve our members’ working conditions in several ways. These improvements are the product of the hard work of our team and the membership over the course of this round of bargaining.
The Honourable Scott Brison, P.C., M.P.
President of the Treasury Board
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Dear Mr. Brison:
Our UTE/PSAC bargaining team met with the CRA for three days of talks this week.
Unfortunately we did not reach an agreement, although we spent considerable time discussing the issues outstanding with the CRA.
The parties have jointly agreed to reconvene in negotiations from April 25 to 27. Our hope is that we might finally reach an agreement with the Agency at that time.
We’ll be sure to update you as things progress.
Madonna Z. Gardiner
2nd National Vice President, UTE
Member of the PSAC/UTE Bargaining Team
After a Federal election, several months of our on-going grievance campaign, PSAC/UTE members meeting with, writing and contacting Members of Parliament, meetings between UTE President Bob Campbell and the CRA Commissioner, and on-going discussions between PSAC President Robyn Benson and Treasury Board concerning CRA negotiations, the parties have set dates to return to the bargaining table on March 21, 22nd and 23rd.
Our Team looks forward to returning to the table with an eye to reaching a fair settlement with the Agency. As always, we’ll be sure to update as things progress.
Sisters and Brothers,
I am pleased to announce that we have secured dates to go back to the bargaining table. The teams will be meeting on March 21, 22 and 23, 2016.
I would like to thank all of our members who have taken the time to show support to the team in many ways such as; the grievance campaign, meeting with and/or writing to your MP, etc. Thanks to your hard work, our campaign to get back to the table has been successful in securing the above noted dates.
A further communication will be coming from PSAC shortly.
Your PSAC/UTE bargaining team met on February 16th and 17th. As was indicated in the Feb. 5th update, this meeting was to have discussions to evaluate our position as a bargaining team and determine next steps. We also discussed future actions to demonstrate support for the team. More information on this will be shared in the coming weeks.