Bargaining Bulletin

CS Bargaining - CS Byte #4

Fellow Members of the CS group

The CS Sub-Group Presidents and the CS Executive met in Toronto on March 1, 2014. More than 50 members were in attendance. The delegates discussed the next round of negotiations, the use of new media and recent changes to labour legislation. Workshops were held on lobbying and contracting out of CS jobs and services. The plenary was happy to welcome new president Debi Daviau and she expanded on her work with the other Groups and federal unions. President Daviau further explained the Institute`s continued commitment to battle against the uncontrolled outsourcing of CS work.

The CS Sub-Group Presidents at the end of the day made a number of commitments to better serve the members. This includes the commitment to:

a. promote the Institute`s `Better Together Campaign`,
b. communicate and involve a greater number of members,
c. collaborate with PIPSC Groups, and
d. co-operate with other federal unions.

The CS Group is hosting a number of Lunch and Learns to share with members the lessons learned and information on the issues. In the coming days a bargaining survey will be sent to all members to collect input. We invite you to send your comments and ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The survey results and your input will be shared with the Proposals Committee. All this will be compiled and brought to the bargaining table in the next round of negotiations.

In Solidarity,
Robert Tellier
Bargaining Officer

CS Bargaining - CS Byte #3

Dear Members of the CS group

Preparations for the next round of negotiations are going well. Following the bargaining conference, the Executive of CS Group officially appointed the next proposals committee. In the coming weeks, this committee will have the task of examining the demands that all Member has sent us. Whether through surveys, e-mail or simply through meetings, the CS group solicits your input. Your cooperation is essential in negotiating our next contract. A membership informed, united and determined is the essential key to this face to face opposing us and our employer.

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CS Bargaining - CS Byte #2

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CS Group Members,

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada held a Collective Bargaining Conference on January 23rd and 24th, 2014. Approximately 200 elected officers, stewards and negotiating team members from over 20 Groups under the Public Service Labour Relations Act gathered to prepare for the next round of federal bargaining.

Your representatives had the opportunity to learn about critical issues such as the newly legislated bargaining rules (Bill C-4), performance management and potential changes to the sick leave benefits. The Institute invited other union representatives and progressive organizations to participate as guest panelists providing us with important lessons learned in previous negotiations. This conference provided tangible confirmation of the spirit of cooperation and solidarity amongst the Institute Groups and with all the other unions of the federal public service.

Our work is just beginning. Your involvement in the coming months will be crucial to the success of the CS group. Over the next few weeks, the CS Group National Executive and Stewards will be seeking your input on improvements to our collective agreement. I invite you to actively participate in this survey. The data collected will be analyzed and discussed by a Proposals Committee to determine our priorities and to develop our list of demands. These proposals will be used during the next round scheduled to begin later in 2014.

In closing, I would like to thank our President Debi Daviau, members of the Board of Directors and the staff of the Institute for the support and leadership in this important time.

In Solidarity,
Robert Tellier

Votre copie papier de la Convention collective - Paper copy of your collective agreement

For those of you who didn't receive a copy of your collective agreement, find attached the pre-filled form to submit to you manager, with the help of a local steward. As per our CA, the employer was bound to provide each of us a paper copy by mid April.

Pour ceux qui n'ont pas reçu une copie de votre convention collective, veuillez trouver ci-joint le formulaire à remplir et à donner à votre gestionnaire, avec l'aide d'un délégué syndical. L'employeur avait la responsabilité de nous fournir à tous une copie papier de notre convention avant la mi-avril.

Formulaire de Grief - Grievance form

CS Bargaining - CS Byte #1

The CS Group Executive met on October 9 and 10, 2013 to establish a strategy for the next round of negotiations.

I would like to personally thank Guy Abel for leading the Bargaining Team during the last three rounds. Guy has decided to hand over this important job to another member of the Executive. I would also like to thank the CS Group Executive for entrusting me with this important responsibility. I am excited to take on the challenge.

The CS Group Executive agrees that the next few months will be very busy. The following activities are on the schedule:

  •  Information sessions regarding options for the dispute resolution process
  •  Membership survey on options for the dispute resolution process
  •  Membership survey on demands for the next round of bargaining
  •  PIPSC Bargaining Conference
  •  Contract Proposals Committee meeting
  •  Appointment of the Bargaining Team members

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