The bargaining team met in early March. At that time, a decision was made to propose a settlement to NRC. The proposal was to renew the collective agreement as is, with the exception of rates of pay which would be increased as per the budget legislation. The proposal was submitted on March 16. We are awaiting the response of NRC.

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On Friday, February 7, the Conservative government introduced an omnibus bill to implement the provisions of the federal budget. Bill C-10 includes two sections that directly impact NRC employees: one section that provides for legislated wage rates for federal public sector workers and another that proposes a wholesale overhaul of federal pay equity legislation. The Expenditure Restraint Act provides for wage increases as follows: 2006-2007 fiscal year – 2.5% 2007-2008 fiscal year – 2.3% 2008-2009 fiscal year – 1.5% 2009-2010 fiscal year – 1.5% 2010-2011 fiscal year – 1.5% The…

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Collective Bargaining Update Last week, on November 27, after attempting to engage in meaningful discussions with NRC on the Final Offers, the RCEA Management Committee and representatives of all Bargaining Committees, decided to decline these offers. The offers included wage increases for the CS, OP, PG and TO Groups of 2.3% in 2007-2008 and 1.5% in each of the next three years. For the AD and AS Groups, the wage increases were 1.5% per year for three years starting in 2008-2009. Also in the offers was the demand that the…

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Some volunteers have come forward to serve on the bargaining committee. Meetings will be scheduled over the summer to review issues and prepare demands.

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The following letter was sent to NRC on February 22, 2008. February 22, 2008 Ms. Mary McLaren Director General Human Resources Branch National Research Council Montreal Road, Bldg. M-58 Ottawa, ON   K1A 0R6 Dear Ms. McLaren: RE: AS Group Vacation Leave Carry-Over and Grandfathering Provisions I am writing to you to discuss a problem that we are experiencing with respect to the implementation of the above provisions of the new AS Collective Agreement. The new agreement was signed only on January 10, 2008, almost a full 8 months after the…

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Notice to bargain has been served. It is now time to form a Bargaining Committee. The role of the Committee is to select a Group Chairperson, formulate demands, determine bargaining strategy and select a bargaining team. The Committee meets during lunch hours and normally up to 5 meetings are required. If anyone is interested in being on the Bargaining Committee, please contact joan@rcea.ca. Recently, Treasury Board released a document called “Policy Framework for the Management of Compensation”. In it, Treasury Board sets out specific principles and an approach to managing…

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AS Collective Agreement and Carry-Over of Annual Leave The AS collective agreement was signed on January 10, 2008. As a result of the May 2007 arbitral award that saw the inclusion of 5 extra days of annual leave and the deletion of the Marriage Leave provisions, NRC sought and obtained the following language dealing with the carry-over of annual leave for members of the AS Group. There is now a 35 day cap on the carry-over of annual leave. While we sought to include grandfathering language that would have allowed members…

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The collective agreement was signed on January 11, 2008. Changes in the new agreement are effective this date.

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We are still waiting to sign the collective agreements. The last communication from NRC on this stated: “We have still not been able to get GIC approval for the AD, AS and CS CAs. Confusion seems to exist between the minister’s office and PCO as to who can support the submission for GIC approval. We’re still working diligently to try and resolve the situation ASAP and I’ll keep you informed as things progress.” And “We only just yesterday (Nov. 5, 2007) received confirmation from the PCO that the Minister was…

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While NRC has 90 days from May 14, 2007 to implement the pay and  new annual leave provisions of the Arbitral Award, the remaining changes to the collective agreement will not become effective until those items are signed off.  As with prior collective agreements, these items require the approval of the Treasury Board and the Governor in Council.  We do not know when these will be signed off. With respect to the new cap on carry over of annual leave, we are still waiting to commence discussions with NRC about…

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