Heartfelt speach Given at the CS AGM

2017 CS AGM – Bargaining Report & Annual Rates of Pay

Hi everyone

I’m Robert Tellier and I’m a proud CS,

I’m Denise Doherty and I’m proud to be your negotiator.

Robert Tellier (RT):I would like to start by thanking every CS members, every stewards and the national CS Executive for their continued support. I can’t tell you enough how much this support was crucial to the progress of the discussions. We received hundreds of pictures from proud CSs from St-John Newfoundland to Victoria British Columbia as well as from many CSs deployed around the world. You guys rock!

Denise Doherty-Delorme (DDD):18, 23 and 30,

I repeat 18, 23 and 30 

Like a great football play, work on these three numbers is going to get us to repeated 1st downs on our way to an eventual touchdown on out-sourcing. 

Of course I am talking about the CS collective agreement articles on Career Development, Technological Change and Contracting out. 

But before Robert and I go into more detail about the challenging work ahead on these three articles, let me rewind a little bit.

I remind you that it was almost exactly 5 years ago today that the last tentative agreement was reached on June 6th, 2012 between the CS Group and Treasury Board. Present here today are some repeat offenders who were on the team last round; Robert Scott, Pierre Touchette, and Robert Tellier.

The first CS BYTES of this 2014-2017 round outlined that The CS Group Executive met on October 9 and 10, 2013 to establish a strategy for this round of negotiations. In it Robert Tellier personally thanked Guy Abel for leading the Bargaining Team during the last three rounds. Thank you Guy, for all your hard work.

Now what did your bargaining team do over the last three and a half years? Well just try to keep tract how many different types of bargaining your team was involved in...

  • Information sessions regarding options for the bargaining dispute resolution process 
  • Membership survey on options for the bargaining resolution process 
  • Membership survey on demands for the next round of bargaining 
  • PIPSC Bargaining Conference 
  • Bargaining a solidarity Pact
  • bargaining Proposals Committee meeting
  • Bargaining Training
  • Bargaining Prep meetings
  • Strategic Bargaining Committees
  • Bargaining Priorities setting
  • Coordinated Bargaining
  • Collaborative Bargaining
  • Wellness Plan Bargaining
  • Workforce Adjustment Bargaining
  • Bargaining in the middle of the night bargaining
  • Hard Bargaining
  • Bargaining over a teleconference
  • Interest Based Bargaining
  • Bargaining over wording bargaining 
  • MOA Bargaining
  • And just plain Bargaining

(RT):We are almost at the end of this bargaining round. Somehow, this round will be historical in few ways:

  • It took over 2 years from the day representatives from your Bargaining Team met with Treasury Board to exchange proposals for the renewal of the collective agreement on February 6th 2015 to the day we reached a tentative agreement on March  1st 2017.
  • This bargaining round was spread over 13 sessions for a total of 32 days of discussion with the Employer.
  • The political direction affecting the mandate of the Employer changed throughout the round affecting the discussions around sick leave and outsourcing.

·         Over 50 current or new articles of the Collective Agreement were involved in the discussions.

It was made clear from the start of negotiations that there were three (3) pillars essential to the tentative agreement; Outsourcing, Technological change and Career Development & Training. These three were achieved along with a number of other improvements. This agreement might not be perfect, but once signed, it will be time for us to turn the page and be unified in preparation for the next round. We need to push Treasury Board for further improvements.

The Employer has not yet confirmed a signing date. I will let Denise to talk about the next step.

I would like to conclude my report by thanking all members of the Bargaining Team including Marcel Journeay, Marc Therrien and Guy Abel who was there at the beginning but who unfortunately had to step down for personal reasons, thank you. Stan Buday, Pierre Touchette, Lucille Shears, Eva Henshaw, Gordon Bulmer, Dean Corda, Rob Scott and Karim Chaggani, thank you. It was an honour for me to work with such an amazing team. Sometime it was not easy. Some decisions were difficult to take but always, at the end, we stood together.

(DDD):So after that long list of what we did over the last 3 ½ years, Robert and I have 2 things we need to address; A thank you and a Challenge.

1st the Thank You

I would like to take some time here as your negotiator to highlight the work of the bargaining team. I have the greatest respect for people who stand for union office; it is not a position for the weak or timid.  

From East to West – Lucille Shears, Eva Henshaw, Robert Tellier, Gordon Bulmer, Pierre Touchette, Stan Buday, Dean Corda, Rob Scott, Karim Chaggani. This marvellous team of volunteers, who gave of their personal time, gave up time at home with their families, with grand-babies and sick moms. They took multiple flights, even the red eye, and drove miles to be at the bargaining table. We drank a lot of coffee, ate a lot of fast food, and had many sleepless nights. And sometimes we just sat and waited a long, long, long time for the employer to get their mandate and negotiate with us. Bargaining, especially with this employer can be very hard frustrating work. But your team persevered and got the job done.

I would like to recognize some of the unique qualities the team members brought to the table:

Eva conveyed to the team the perspective of a small workplace working within a DND base. Lucille from the Coast Guard was often doing double duty and fitting in work meetings around negotiations.

Pierre, as Group VP, he headed up the National Organizing Committee with help from the rest of the executive members; Stacey, Deb, Guy and Denis. This team inspired all the members to Show Their Colours - such awesome support I have never experienced before in negotiations. 

Gordon and Dean served as scribes, because good records are extremely important. Dean helped with editing and Gordon spoke out for the members. 

Rob who knew exactly when a new perspective was needed - and we all listened.

Karim, the youngest member of the team shared stories of being with SSC in the regions and took care of our meals (also very important).

Stan you knew that we would not have any success unless the members were engaged. The grassroot members had to be involved.  And that you did from coast to coast meeting the members in the workplace. You demonstrated that it was never about you, or even the bargaining team, but about the goal to make a difference. Your leadership at the Strategic Bargaining Committee (SBC) and good working relationship with the AFS Group help create a strong bond of solidarity amongst the other 17 Treasury Board Groups. You held not so secret, “secret meetings” to ensure information sharing with the larger Groups. You brought forth the Group's needs to the Advisory Council (AC) and engaged the Working Group on Consultation (WGC) in the anti-outsourcing campaign. You advocated tirelessly with elected officials at PIPSC to ensure the bargaining team had the resources necessary to get the job done. 

And now, a big Thank You to Mister Bargaining, your bargaining officer. Robert, you are an incredibly awesome union leader. You left your mark in our quest for better working conditions. You gave us support and encouragement all along. You inspired us with your relentless efforts. And your leadership was not about your position, but about your passion for excellence and about making a difference. You were assigned the huge task to fight outsourcing, to protect our jobs, and to show others that mountains can be moved. What you helped accomplish here, others will enjoy for years and years. Thank you so much Robert. 

I would ask you to applaud this team for it’s truly breakthrough work on 18, 23, 30 – and safeguarding the members’ sick leave. Important issues that affect not only every member of the CS Group but all Canadians as well. Thank you all.

2nd The Challenge

We expect to sign this new collective agreement on July 4, 2017. The new pay grid should be fully in effect 120 days thereafter.

Your negotiations Team knew that we needed to look at this old issue of contracting out and privatizing public jobs in a new way, not simply in the short term but to make our members tomorrows more rewarding, more fulfilling, and more compelling. This will be accomplished together through the work we do over the next couple of years. With your help, we can change our members’ lives and be in the service of all Canadians. 

Now I and the Team have a challenge for all here to turn from being spectators into full warrior activists. (As I said earlier - ninja training will be provided. Invitations will be sent out in late summer.)

We have too much to do to sit on the sidelines. We need all of you to step out of in front of this employer, this not-so-new government now, and reclaim the work that should rightfully be done by the Professionals of the CS Group. We need to fight back against the prevailing of the for profit model.

Together, we can stop outsourcing, the de-professionalization of your work, and the erosion of great public work. Together, we can stop outsourcing. I know through your demonstration of support over the last 3 ½ years of bargaining, that you are all talented, dedicated and driven. I know that none of us can do this alone, but together we can.

(RT): Finally, on behalf of the Bargaining Team, I would like to thank our negotiator Denise Doherty-Delorme. Denise, you taught me what bargaining is about. You always believed in each of the members of the Bargaining Team. You lead us like a grand master leads his orchestra. Sometime you made us laugh… we are all still looking forward to learning to program in COBALT. But the more important is that you always kept the CS Group very close to your heart. Thank you so much for your professionalism, your dedication and moreover thank you for your friendship.                 

Proudly CS,

Robert Tellier                                                                        Denise Doherty-Delorme

CS Group Bargaining Officer                                            PIPSC Negotiator

 

NOTE: Since the CS AGM, the signing date of July 4 has been confirmed.


 

**Appendix “A”

CS: Computer Systems Group annual rates of pay (in dollars)

Table Legend

$) Effective December 22, 2013

A) Effective December 22, 2014

B) Effective December 22, 2015

X) Restructure effective April 1, 2016 (CS-01 to CS-04)

C) Effective December 22, 2016

D) Effective December 22, 2017

CS-01: annual rates of pay (in dollars)

Effective Date

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

Step 6

Step 7

Step 8

$) December 22, 2013

53611

55593

57573

59541

61508

63474

65439

69088

A) December 22, 2014

54281

56288

58293

60285

62277

64267

66257

69952

B) December 22, 2015

54960

56992

59022

61039

63055

65070

67085

70826

X) Restructure effective April 1, 2016

55510

57562

59612

61649

63686

65721

67756

71534

C) December 22, 2016

56204

58282

60357

62420

64482

66543

68603

72428

D) December 22, 2017

56907

59011

61111

63200

65288

67375

69461

73333

CS-02: annual rates of pay (in dollars)

Effective Date

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

Step 6

Step 7

Step 8

$) December 22, 2013

66360

68486

70607

72730

74855

76976

79098

81222

A) December 22, 2014

67190

69342

71490

73639

75791

77938

80087

82237

B) December 22, 2015

68030

70209

72384

74559

76738

78912

81088

83265

X) Restructure effective April 1, 2016

68710

70911

73108

75305

77505

79701

81899

84098

C) December 22, 2016

69569

71797

74022

76246

78474

80697

82923

85149

D) December 22, 2017

70439

72694

74947

77199

79455

81706

83960

86213

CS-03: annual rates of pay (in dollars)

Effective Date

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

Step 6

Step 7

Step 8

$) December 22, 2013

78333

81029

83728

86428

89124

91820

94517

97322

A) December 22, 2014

79312

82042

84775

87508

90238

92968

95698

98539

B) December 22, 2015

80303

83068

85835

88602

91366

94130

96894

99771

X) Restructure effective April 1, 2016

81106

83899

86693

89488

92280

95071

97863

100769

C) December 22, 2016

82120

84948

87777

90607

93434

96259

99086

102029

D) December 22, 2017

83147

86010

88874

91740

94602

97462

100325

103304

 


 

CS-04: annual rates of pay (in dollars)

Effective Date

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

Step 6

Step 7

Step 8

$) December 22, 2013

89690

92783

95875

98967

102059

105151

108244

111639

A) December 22, 2014

90811

93943

97073

100204

103335

106465

109597

113034

B) December 22, 2015

91946

95117

98286

101457

104627

107796

110967

114447

X) Restructure effective April 1, 2016

92865

96068

99269

102472

105673

108874

112077

115591

C) December 22, 2016

94026

97269

100510

103753

106994

110235

113478

117036

D) December 22, 2017

95201

98485

101766

105050

108331

111613

114896

118499

CS-05: annual rates of pay (in dollars)

Effective Date

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

Step 6

Step 7

Step 8

Step 9

$) December 22, 2013

103267

107116

110965

114816

118666

122517

126369

130217

134571

A) December 22, 2014

104558

108455

112352

116251

120149

124048

127949

131845

136253

B) December 22, 2015

105865

109811

113756

117704

121651

125599

129548

133493

137956

C) December 22, 2016

107188

111184

115178

119175

123172

127169

131167

135162

139680

D) December 22, 2017

108528

112574

116618

120665

124712

128759

132807

136852

141426

 

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