Cathie Fraser, President


In September 2014 a membership vote of 76% in favour, approved a dues increase of $5 in July 2015. We will remain the lowest dues of all federal public service unions at $40 per month.

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Upcoming changes affecting some employees who are paid through direct deposit with Alterna Savings and Credit Union (formerly known as CS Co-op) currently access their pay on the Tuesday prior to our official pay day (which is Wednesday).

Alterna Savings and Credit Union (Alterna) has recently advised Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) that they will no longer be offering this service.

Effective July 15th, all Government employees who are Alterna clients and who are paid by PWGSC, will receive their direct deposit payment on the Wednesday of pay week. Employees who previously had early access to their pay may need to take steps with Alterna to adjust any automatic withdrawal instructions currently in place.

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On May 14, 2015 the RCEA served NRC with a “Notice to Bargain” letter. The RCEA has received acknowledgement from both NRC and the PSLRB on May 19th and 20th respectively.

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On October 20, 2014, the Treasury Board repealed its Personnel Security Standard and replaced it with a new version that is potentially privacy invasive. On February. 24, 2015, the RCEA became aware of these changes to the Standards on Security Screening.  The changes to security screening are substantial and include mandatory fingerprinting and credit checks for all new and renewed security clearances.

The RCEA has filed a policy grievance for each of its bargaining units alleging implementation without consultation and privacy invasion. The grievances have not yet been heard.

Although the government gave all departments, including NRC, until October 2017 to implement the changes, NRC has decided to implement them right away and without any discussions with the RCEA.  Therefore, until the grievances are heard and decided, the revised security standards will apply.

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