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Collective Agreement Fb

Negotiator: Federal Government Dockyard Trades and Labour Council (Esquimalt) (West) (FGDTLC (W)) Collective Agreement Expiry Date: January 30, 2023 Dispute Resolution Mechanism: Arbitration After two years and eight months of negotiations, Four Final Offers, Petition Campaigns, Pickets, Final Offer Rejected by Court Challenge, Unfair Labour Practices Complaints and a Final 24-Hour Bargaining Session, our bargaining team reached an agreement with treasury board/CBSA on Tuesday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. Our FB Bargaining team unanimously recommends the ratification of our new agreement. Negotiations on new collective agreements for most members began more than a year ago, but the government has repeatedly rejected our reasonable proposals for a fair settlement. Our team has made proposals to improve protection against abuse of authority and harassment, but management has yet to accept any of these changes. The CBSA agrees that the language of our contract should remain largely limited to sexual harassment. We cannot accept this because we believe that our collective agreement should address all forms of harassment, not just sexual harassment. Next month, our newly elected negotiating team will meet in Ottawa to prepare proposals for the next round of negotiations with the Board of Directors. Our bargaining team and the national leaders of the PSAC and THE CIU are committed to defending our hard-won collective agreement rights in the next round of bargaining and fighting for further gains for PSAC/CIU members at the CBSA. A full explanation of the new agreement and a copy of the new language will be provided at the ratification meetings. Check with the PSAC regional office or visit the PSAC website for more information on data, schedules and locations. We will be sure to update them as things move forward.

As far as compensation, finishing rights and arms protection are concerned, this agreement is dramatically better than the final offer made to our team in the spring and on which the government wanted to impose a vote last summer. The interim agreement signed Tuesday morning brings significant improvements to our collective agreement, demonstrating the strength and solidarity of CBSA membership. Our three-year agreement provides that we have also discussed our proposal to extend protection against the cumbersome management of the CBSA in relations with our members – including discipline and arbitrary disposal of defence equipment. There will have to be new protections on these issues in our collective agreement. This agreement is consistent with comparisons obtained by other federal law enforcement agencies and maintains the pay equity we achieved in the previous round of negotiations. This is a very competitive agreement and the result of the solidarity of PSAC/CIU members who work within the CBSA from coast to coast. The new Joint Committees, mandated by the Arms Treaty, are being set up. The new selection criteria under our agreement also apply. • In accordance with all other agreements of the Board of Directors, this provisional agreement provides for the removal of provisions relating to severance pay for employees who resign or retire.

Under the new interim agreement, severance pay will continue to be paid if you are fired, but otherwise you would no longer accumulate. All funds currently due to you under the existing severance pay provisions are paid or may be transferred for future use. Workers must continue to accumulate severance pay until the collective agreement is formally signed. No other treasury board group has lasted as long as the FB Bargaining team to maintain our severance pay or get something in return that we did. . . .


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