Treasury Board falls short with their plans

June 26, 2015

Treasury Board falls short with their plans

June 23 and 25, 2015 – During the last two days of bargaining, the hot-topics at the table were the short-term disability plan (STDP) and sick leave. Since its last proposal on these topics in December 2014 (because, to date, there have been three), the employer had been asking for a counterproposal. The EC Bargaining team was not responding because it fully expected yet another slightly improved proposal from the employer.

This time, the EC team gave the employer a draft document outlining better STDP and sick leave plans offered by various employers. This showed the employer that the offer it was peddling was among the worst. For example, when it comes to the number of sick days allocated, they fall short. Same for the waiting period for STD: they fall short. And ditto for their position on sick leave. We’ve given the employer alternatives to what they are offering – alternatives that can be found in both the private and public sectors, in hopes they will return with a proposal that’s acceptable to our members.

There are still many items on the table left to discuss. Both parties will return to the table on November 9 and 10 (at the Employer's request, the meetings set to September 22 and 23 were moved); we hope this next round will allow us to make progress on other important matters.