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.

Letter from the UTE National President

Friday, May 22, 2015

As you are all aware by now, the last round of mediation was not successful. During this entire round of bargaining, there has been no real bargaining effort on the part of the CRA. They have repeatedly come to the table unwilling to move away from their Treasury Board mandate. There has been no true negotiation in regards to the monetary issues that affect us.

CRA bargaining: We deserve better. We are not second class public service employees

Thursday, May 21, 2015

We met the CRA in mediation on Wednesday and Thursday. We came ready to negotiate. Unfortunately the Agency came to mediation with no movement. In fact, the Agency has not negotiated with us over the issue of compensation in the almost 2 years since they first made their wage proposal, despite our efforts to get them to bargain. The Agency made an offer to us. A copy of the Agency’s offer can be found here.

Bargaining Update: Mediation Continues

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Recently there has been considerable media coverage about PSAC's canceling of negotiations scheduled with Treasury Board this week over Bill C-59. While C-59 represents an attack on collective bargaining rights and gives the government the ability to make unilateral changes to sick leave, CRA is not covered by the legislation, and the Agency has made no sick leave proposals for this round of negotiations. As a result we will be meeting with the Agency this week as planned.

In Solidarity,

Madonna Gardiner
2nd National Vice-President