TR bargaining team returns to the table after a 13-month hiatus

March 18, 2016

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Like its EC counterparts, who resumed bargaining last week, members of the TR bargaining team met with the employer, from March 15 to 17 – its first meeting in more than a year.

Of course, a lot has happened since then, including a rather lengthy election season and the ushering in of a new government.

In its three-day session with the employer, the TR team truly felt that bargaining was finally under way. The employer was open to many proposals, except those with dollar signs. The TR team is hopeful that the employer will be able to offer more in the way of wage increases after the federal budget is tabled on March 22.

One thing hasn’t changed: the employer still intends to replace the existing sick leave system. What is being offered is certainly an improvement over what was on the table last year, but some key points must be addressed. Our position is one we share with our members and other federal public service unions: we want to make sure that the collective agreement protects our members by ensuring full income replacement when they are sick, with no unpaid waiting periods.

The parties have agreed to keep the details of the employer’s proposal confidential for the time being.

CAPE proposals

Thanks to the bargaining survey we conducted of TR members last January (and its high response rate!), CAPE’s bargaining team has tabled three new proposals drawn from members’ feedback:

-        a proposal on the professional integrity of employees;

-        a proposal on the availability of TRs for overtime; and

-        a proposal concerning the language tools provided to members.

The bargaining team wishes to thank all the members who participated in the survey and provided some invaluable comments.

The next bargaining session is scheduled for April 26 and 27.