PSAC/UTE Bargaining Team to Resume Negotiations with CRA

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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.

Bargaining Update

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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.

In Solidarity;

Bargaining Update

Thursday, February 18, 2016

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.

Bargaining Update

Friday, February 5, 2016

There have been no further developments with regard to securing meeting dates between the CRA and PSAC/UTE bargaining teams nor on the meeting our National UTE President has been trying to set up with the president of Treasury Board.  So unfortunately I have no updates on those issues.

It has been decided that the PSAC bargaining team representing UTE members will be scheduling a meeting within the next couple of weeks for the team to reconvene and have discussions.  These discussions are to evaluate our position as a bargaining team and determine next steps.

Bargaining Update from our 2nd National Vice President

Friday, January 22, 2016

As the UTE 2nd National Vice President responsible for bargaining, I am writing to all members to give you an update on our negotiations.

We are trying to keep you informed of our attempts to return to the table and we understand that everyone is frustrated with the length of time this round of bargaining is taking. I am committing to you that I will post on the UTE website an update every two weeks. These updates may not contain any new information but they will keep you up to date.

To date:

Bargaining Update from our National President

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

To:       -   Executive Council
            -   Members
            -   Alternate Regional Vice-Presidents
            -   Local Presidents

Brothers and Sisters:

It has been a long time since I have written in regards to the state of our negotiations, or the lack thereof, and I have received some enquiries as to the status of them.

Bargaining Update

Thursday, September 3, 2015

I am disappointed to say there has been no movement from the employer since the mediation hearings in May 2015.  PSAC/UTE, your bargaining team, are willing to return to negotiate a FAIR contract for you, one that will not mean giving up benefits and receiving nothing of value in return.  It is disrespectful to you, the membership, and your bargaining team for the CRA to expect us to do so.  In order to exert some pressure to get CRA back to the table we have been filing grievances, e-mailing and tweeting the commissioner, holding local events in support of our bargaining team to no avail.

UTE/PSAC Telephone Town Hall on Bargaining

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

This is to let you know that PSAC and the Union of Taxation Employees will be hosting a telephone town hall on the current round of negotiations with the Canada Revenue Agency.  


Tuesday, June 2, 2015 – English eastern telephone town hall  (includes members in Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic) 
                                          English western telephone town hall (includes members from Manitoba to British Columbia)

CRA and Treasury Board Believe We Deserve Less

Monday, May 25, 2015

Since our contract with CRA expired in 2012, the government has agreed to economic improvements for tens of thousands of fellow public service employees, improvements that greatly exceed what we've been offered.

For example:

Virtually every group signed a 3-year agreement of 1.75, 1.5 and 2. This has not been tabled in our case. Instead the CRA and Treasury Board have insisted that our 3rd year be pegged to the PA group at Treasury Board, rather than negotiate with us on the 3rd year.

Letter from UTE National President to Commissioner Treusch

Monday, May 25, 2015

Commissioner Treusch,

This is not a letter I ever thought I would have to write but now am forced to, based on the actions of the CRA over the last year and the events of mediation last week.  Your recent email to all employees of the CRA, which includes other bargaining units and excluded employees, in which you state what your final offer is, was an insult to the bargaining process.