I am pleased to report that the OP Group has voted, by a majority, to accept the new collective agreement. On behalf of the bargaining team and the RCEA, I thank all of you.

The next steps are for the RCEA to inform the employer of the results. The NRC then has to obtain a non-objection letter from Treasury Board. NRC must also get Ministerial approval and a recommendation for Order-in-Council approval. Once this approval has been received, the agreement will be signed by both the RCEA and NRC.

Once the agreement is signed, the employer will have 180 days to issue the retroactive payments (in non complicated pay scenarios) or face penalties as set out in the new agreement.

While pay adjustments are retroactive, all other changes to the new agreement will only be effective on date of signing of the collective agreement. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at office@rcea.ca.

I would like to thank the bargaining team and Christopher Rootham for their tremendous dedication to this negotiation process.

Cathie Fraser, RCEA President