Preparations for the upcoming rounds of collective bargaining have begun.  We are seeking input from all members as to issues of concern related to the various collective agreements.  If you have had any problems with a specific clause in your collective agreement or if you would like to see some changes, please let us know.  We realize that the new collective agreements have only been in effect for a short time, but your input would be appreciated.  Please send your comments to office@rcea.ca.

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The RCEA has served Notice to Bargain for all 6 bargaining units. While it is expected that it may be quite some time before face to face bargaining begins, the RCEA would like to start the process. Therefore, the RCEA is looking for volunteers to sit on all bargaining committees for the AD, AS, CS, OP, PG and TO groups. …

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The Computer Systems (CS) collective agreement was signed March 5, 2018. Changes in the new agreement are effective this date. NRC has 120 days to implement the new collective agreement.

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I am pleased to report that new contracts have been ratified for the AD, AS, CS, and PG groups.  It has been a longer than expected process, but worthwhile.  As a result of your bargaining teams’ knowledge and expertise, group members have achieved major work and work-life balance benefits, without concessions.  I would like to thank the membership for your patience, and thank the bargaining committees, teams and Joan Van Den Bergh for their tremendous dedication to the negotiation process.

– Cathie Fraser, RCEA President. …

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The CS group has ratified the tentative agreement. We have notified NRC. NRC must now begin its own approval process. We do not know how long this will take, but we will continue to provide updates.

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On November 20, 2017, a tentative agreement was reached for the CS group.  Ratification packages will be sent out shortly to all members. …

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CS and OP

No news at this time. We anticipate that once the above groups are completed, we will likely enter into an expedited process for the CS Group and a more traditional process for the OP Group.

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For the OP and CS groups, we anticipate beginning those negotiations in the Fall.

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CS Group

The core public service group has reached a settlement with Treasury Board.  We will be scheduling a meeting with the RCEA CS bargaining committee shortly.

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The RCEA is looking for volunteers to sit on the bargaining committees for the AD, AS, CS, OP and PG groups. Members at any locations across Canada are welcome. If you are interested, please contact joan@rcea.ca.  These committees meet to prepare and finalize demands.  These meetings take place over the lunch hour, Eastern Standard Time.  Bargaining teams are selected from these committees. Bargaining normally takes place during working hours.  Please participate.

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