TO Group – Collective Agreement

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Information Session on Severance Pay The recent TO Arbitral Award included the elimination of severance pay on retirement and resignation and provides employees with an opportunity to cash out earned severance pay.  The RCEA will be holding two information sessions for its members on various options that are available.  These sessions, presented by The Investors Group, will review the principal financial and tax implications of receiving the payment, and will answer your questions about this important topic. One session will be in English and one in French.  Both sessions will…

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TO Group – Summary of Arbitral Award

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The TO Group Arbitral Award was issued on  January 15, 2013.  It is posted here. This award is final and binding.  All changes to the TO Collective Agreement are contained in the Award.  Because of this, there is no requirement to sign a new collective agreement.  NRC has 90 days, from January 15, 2013, to implement the new collective agreement.  A summary of the changes will be posted shortly.  The RCEA is planning on holding an information session on the application of the new severance pay provisions. TO Group –…

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TO Group – Terms of Reference Decision On October 23, 2012, the PSLRB issued a decision on the Terms of Reference for the TO Group Arbitration hearing.  The RCEA had filed an objection to one of NRC’s proposals for inclusion in a new collective agreement.  The objection dealt with one clause in the larger severance pay proposal.  It was our argument that this clause was not part of NRC’s original proposal on severance pay, that it was not proposed or discussed during bargaining and as a result, could not be…

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Terms of reference decision for TO arbitration

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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 TO Bargaining Committee has been trying to reach a settlement since our first negotiations with NRC starting in November of 2011.  Our last attempt was this week, June 18 and 19, 2012, at mediation. The TO Committee is very cognizant that the mandate of all Federal departments is the implementation of a settlement including the elimination of severance pay on retirement or resignation.  We knew this going into negotiations and mediation, but we were still very hopeful that an agreement could be reached. During both face to face negotiations…

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The TO Group has applied to the Public Service Labour Relations Board for the establishment of an Arbitration Tribunal.  NRC has not opposed this request, however they have requested the assistance of a mediator.  The RCEA has agreed with this and a request, for a mediator, has been made to the PSLRB.

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Negotiations with NRC have broken off.  The TO Bargaining Team met with NRC on Sept. 14, Nov. 22 -24, Feb. 21 and 22.  Throughout this process, NRC has insisted that any settlement must include concessions on severance pay.  They have tied any other changes to the collective agreement to these concessions and have insisted that the only changes they are willing to consider are those that were previously negotiated between the Treasury Board and Public Service Alliance of Canada.  They have refused to address any of the other issues brought…

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