The constitutional challenge to Bill C-59, which was supposed to be heard in court on October 29, has been postponed until March. It’s an opportunity for the new Trudeau government to show goodwill and extract the parts that would give Treasury Board the ability to bypass our right to collective bargaining to impose its short-term disability plan.
On the EC front, our next bargaining session, which was slated for November 9 and 10, has been postponed to an unknown date. Given the new political reality, it’s not at all surprising that your priorities at the bargaining table may have changed. That’s why we will send you a survey very soon, so that we can update our bargaining mandate to reflect your new priorities as we enter a new phase of discussions with the employer.
As for the TR group, we are waiting on word from Treasury Board about our December bargaining dates. Nevertheless, we also plan on consulting our TR members about the evolution of their bargaining priorities.