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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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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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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