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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The AD, AS and PG groups will resume negotiations on February 6 and 7.

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WFA Policy – In January of 2012, the RCEA, PIPS and NRC reached an agreement on a new WFA Policy.  Some improvements were negotiated following extensive bargaining.  This bargaining was delayed while NRC sought and received its “mandate” from the Treasury Board.  Once this agreement was reached, we anticipated that the new Policy would be quickly signed and implemented.  This has not happened.  Despite the fact that NRC received a mandate from Treasury Board, which means that TB had to sign off on all the elements of the negotiation, NRC…

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The AD, AS and PG Groups will be bargaining together in this round of bargaining.  First bargaining dates have been set for May 29 and 30.  The group demands are now available. PG Demands

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WFA Update: There have been quite a few recent news reports about special buy-outs or packages in the public service.  These are not in fact new or special.  In the core public service, they are found in the current Workforce Adjustment Policy. NRC is not covered by this.  Rather, we have our own WFA Policy, which forms part of all collective agreements between NRC and the RCEA.  Negotiations have been under way to amend the current agreement.  In the meantime, the current NRC/RCEA WFA Policy can be reviewed here: http://hr-rh.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.pass.cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/Documents/Manuals.nsf/EnglishAll/753F91958096EA0285256C9100767A92

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Notice to Bargain has been served for all RCEA bargaining units. We are in the process of finalizing demands.  With respect to the AD, AS and PG Groups, we are examining the possibility of conducting bargaining for all three groups at the same bargaining table.  This would speed up the process but still leave us with three distinct collective agreements. As always, comments and suggestions from members are always welcome.

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AD, AS, OP and PG Groups It is time to start our bargaining preparations.  Volunteers are still needed for the AD, OP and PG bargaining committees.  If you are interested in participating in the upcoming round of negotiations, please contact the RCEA at joan@rcea.ca. All bargaining preparation meetings take place during the lunch hour, while actual bargaining sessions take place during normal working hours.  It is not necessary that leave be taken for those days. Without enough volunteers it will be impossible to commence bargaining with NRC.

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We are heading into what promises to be another difficult round of bargaining.  Many of you are undoubtedly familiar with what has been transpiring in the public service, with the PSAC recently ratifying a controversial collective agreement.  In that agreement, the PSAC agreed to substantial changes in severance pay in exchange for a small increase in pay.  This was agreed to after the Treasury Board approached the PSAC and invited them to participate in exploratory talks. Despite statements from the President of the Treasury Board, not all unions have been…

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