4 June 2014 – The AD, AS, CS and PG Groups Arbitral Award was issued on June 3, 2014. It is posted here. This award is final and binding. All changes to the various collective agreements are contained in the Award. Because of this, there is no requirement to sign a new collective agreement. NRC has 90 days, from June 3, 2014, to implement the new collective agreement. A summary of the changes will be posted shortly. The RCEA is planning on holding an information session on the application of the new severance…

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The arbitration hearing took place on March 17, 2014.  The Board will consider all representations and arguments and will render a written decision.  The RCEA does not know how long this will take.  Once the decision is rendered, it is final and binding.  NRC will then have 90 days to implement the terms of the new agreement. One of the employer’s demands is to eliminate the accumulation of voluntary severance. Should the employer’s demand be accepted by the Arbitration Board, employees will have 3 options: cash out their accumulated severance…

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Arbitration Board members: Mr. Ian Mackenzie, Chairperson representing the PSLRB Mr. Georges Nadeau representing the RCEA (the Bargaining Agent) Mr. Guy Lauzé representing the NRC (the Employer) * * * * * * * * * Administrative Services (AS), Administrative Support (AD), Purchasing and Supply (PG) and Computer Systems Administration (CS) groups: Date:                March 17-18, 2014 Time:               9:30 a.m. Location:       240 Sparks Street                            C.D. Howe Building, Ottawa…

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The RCEA has been working with NRC management through the Administrative Professionals Group (AP) Consultation and Review Committee for the classification renewal of the AS/AD groups since April 2011. The project as described by the project charter is structured in 4 phases.  Phase 1:  Initiation and Planning; Phase 2:  Design, Development and Testing; Phase 3:  Implementation and Transition; and Phase 4:  Post-Implementation and Ongoing Maintenance. To date, we have seen completion of the 1st phase and a large part of the 2nd phase, up to and including the development of…

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AD, AS and PG Groups – We are still waiting for the decision of the PSLRB following the May 21 hearing.  We contacted the  Board last week and were advised that the decision was being reviewed by their legal department and that we should have the decision within a couple of weeks.  Once we have the decision, we will be able to schedule the arbitration hearing. OP Group – The above noted decision will also apply to the OP Group.  Once we have it we will be able to schedule the arbitration…

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AD, AS and PG Groups A preliminary hearing was held on May 21.  The issues before the PSLRB were whether several of our proposals regarding Workforce Adjustment could be contained in the Terms of Reference of the Arbitration Board.  Arbitration Boards are limited by legislation in what they can consider so this hearing was to determine whether our proposals, as well as one from NRC, fit within these legislative restrictions.  We are waiting for a written decision.  Once that decision is rendered, the terms of reference will be set and…

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AD, AS and PG Groups We have applied for the establishment of an Arbitration Board for all three groups.  Prior to such a hearing, a preliminary hearing on jurisdiction will be held on May 21 and 22 on the issue of Workforce Adjustment and whether such items can be considered by an Arbitration Board.   Once this matter is resolved, we will be scheduling dates for the actual Arbitration Board hearings.

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AD, AS and PG Groups We have applied for the establishment of an Arbitration Board.  No hearing dates have yet been scheduled.

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The bargaining team for the three groups met with NRC on Feb. 6, 2013.  Unfortunately, we were unable to reach any agreement.  The bargaining team entered bargaining with the hope of reaching a deal; they were prepared to give up on some proposals and to accept others, like the standard changes to severance pay.  NRC, however, continues to insist that these groups also accept extra changes to severance pay, changes that no other groups in the public service, with any other employers, have been asked to accept.  These extra changes…

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