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…

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Bargaining is scheduled for June 23 and 29.

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The President of the Treasury Board recently announced that the freeze on reclassifications has been lifted. NRC has indicated that they will be ready to proceed with bargaining very shortly.

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Bargaining demands have been sent to NRC.

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The bargaining committee is meeting on October 22 to review the results of the bargaining questionnaire. Demands and pay data will also be reviewed. Once demands are finalized, they will be submitted to NRC and bargaining dates will be scheduled. Pay Equity: No news to report at this time Performance Bonus: While the Performance Bonus Program was in effect, the RCEA challenged NRC’s refusal to publish the names of bonus recipients. That challenge was heard in the Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division. The Court recently ruled that NRC was…

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A bargaining questionnaire has been sent out. The deadline for return is October 3. Members who are interested in serving on the bargaining committee should send an email to Joan Van Den Bergh at: joan@rcea.ca.

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A bargaining questionnaire has been developed and will be sent out shortly.

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Pay Equity: NO GOOD NEWS. NRC and the RCEA are no longer going to conduct a joint pay equity study. NRC HAS DECIDED that it will not put out the money to do this, given their view that there would be NO GUARANTEE that the results would be accepted by either the Canadian Human Rights Commission or Treasury Board. Our response – when is there ever a guarantee that results will be accepted? Where does this leave us now? We have had two recent meetings with the CHRC. They, all…

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No news to report at this time. Pay Equity: Several meetings have been held with the consultant. It became apparent at these meetings that the issue of retroactivity of any pay inequity needed to be dealt with now rather than somewhere down the road. We have therefore been working on the development of a new methodology that will allow us to review jobs going back to 1985 in order to determine whether there was a pay inequity and, if so, how large it was. The need to structure the study…

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No news to report at this time. Pay Equity: A contract to conduct the pay equity study has been signed with the Hay Consulting Group. The process will begin in February with a two-day training session for all participants. The RCEA has also engaged the services of a classification specialist to assist us during the pay equity study.

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