Tentative Agreement Reached

On June 29, 2004, the AD Bargaining Team reached a tentative collective agreement with NRC. The Bargaining Team feels that this is the best agreement at this time, given all the uncertainties in the Public Service. The main details of the agreement are listed below. The full details will be provided in a ratification package that will be mailed out shortly. As well as the improvements listed below, the Bargaining Team was able to maintain certain provisions that NRC was seeking to change, such as the definition of a day (which impacts members working a compressed work week for the purposes of Volunteer, Personal and Family Related Responsibility Leave) and Parental Leave.

Effective May 1, 2003 – 2.5%
Effective May 1, 2004 – 2.0%
Effective date of signing of the agreement – drop the bottom step from each level.

Overtime Meal Allowance – $10.50. Meal allowance now available for work on a day of rest.

Improvements to the Standards of Discipline

Annual pay increment for part-time workers

Severance Pay for rejection on probation.

Letter of Understanding on Compassionate Care Leave – to be available as Other Leave With or Without Pay

Two extra days of sick leave per year for shift workers. Such leave will not be carried over to the next fiscal year.

Sick leave without pay now counts as continuous service

Addition of mother-in-law and father-in-law to definition of family for Leave without Pay for Care of Elderly Parent

Rewriting of the Hours of Work article.

Your Bargaining Team is recommending acceptance of this agreement. You will have a chance to vote on this tentative agreement.