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

Bargaining Update

Friday, April 17, 2015

Since our last update on April 2nd, we have been getting some enquiries from the membership on why we have not released any details or information about what the employer has offered, if anything.

During negotiations, it is normal practise not to release details of what has been exchanged in the way of proposals etc., especially since most is done on a without-prejudice basis.  At this time, both parties have agreed not to release any details.

PSAC/UTE Bargaining Team Pushes for Leave Improvements

Friday, December 21, 2012

From December 17th to the 20th, 2012 our Bargaining Team spent four days in negotiations with CRA.  In light of the fact that Bill C-45 has passed – giving Treasury Board effective control over CRA bargaining – our Bargaining Team indicated at the outset of the session that we are now more determined than ever to achieve new protections for UTE/PSAC members at CRA. 

The parties spent the week in negotiations over a number of issues:

PSAC members ratify new pact with Canada Revenue Agency

Friday, November 30, 2007

OTTAWA – A strong majority of Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) members have voted in favour of accepting a tentative agreement with the Canada Revenue Agency.  The settlement had been negotiated before the expiry date of the old agreement, a remarkable achievement in the federal public sector.

While we achieved an agreement in record time, we did not sacrifice important demands in the process,” says PSAC national president John Gordon.  “Significant gains were made in wages, job security for term workers and improved benefits for part-time workers.

PSAC negotiates settlement with Canada Revenue Agency

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

OTTAWA - The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has negotiated a tentative agreement with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), as the union entered its sixth week of strike action.

"The tentative agreement provides significant improvements for term workers who make up almost a quarter of the Agency's workers," says PSAC National President Nycole Turmel. Without strike action by our members, we would not have been able to move the employer and to negotiate these improvements."

Negotiations Update

Thursday, October 7, 2004

The PSAC negotiating teams for the Parks Canada Agency, the Canada Revenue Agency and Tables 1, 2, 3 and 5 are now all assembled in Ottawa in anticipation of negotiations.

Starting now there will be a news blackout as negotiations proceed.
The next information to be released by the union will be when either settlements are reached or talks break off.

All members are reminded that strike action has simply been postponed until October 12th. Everyone should be ready for strike action on that day, should it be necessary.