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Global Agreement

On Tuesday March 31st, 2015 the Union resumed negotiations to renew the Global Agreement. We opened up by discussing our proposal to round up annual leave allotments within the 4 and 9 percent. Much to our surprise CSC came to us empty handed without a mandate to open up on anything, citing financial reasons as to why the door was closed on our proposals. We then went on to discuss labour relations committees in an attempt to clarify language following the agreements we reached on clustered sites. CSC dismissed our proposals repeating that the cupboard was bare. By this point, the National Executive did not see any benefit in continuing as there were no openings by CSC’s negotiating team. We instead decided to raise our concerns with the Commissioner at the NLMC table.

NLMC

In his opening remarks, National President Kevin Grabowsky expressed the Union’s concern over the growing number of outstanding items on our bilateral meetings list. He expressed the Union’s disappointment over the employer’s stance at the Global Agreement negotiations. On a more positive note, the jointly developed Ballistic Threat Protocol is now finalized and has been reportedly successfully used at Bowden Institution just recently.

The Commissioner stated that the budget continues to be very tight. In terms of the Global Agreement he indicated that there remains margin to maneuver. Finally the Commissioner made mention of the City of Kingston’s Council motion to recognize CSC staff by granting Freedom of the City on May 31st.

Clustered Sites — Sask Pen continues to operate without a signed agreement despite multiple attempts to resolve this issue. The Commissioner responded by saying they are taking a closer look at the situation as they feel that there are some other factors that may influence how this gets resolved. He will sit down with the Union upon his return from vacation to finalize a solution.

PTSD Engagement — The Commissioner mentioned that he will be in the Pacific Region on May 19th and 20th to engage in more discussions around this important subject with key union representatives. Regional President Gord Robertson will be there for UCCO-SACC-CSN.

Kent Institution Chemical Exposure — We questioned the employer as to why a situation of exposure to noxious fumes in the fall of last year had not yet been brought to the attention of the National Health and Safety Policy Committee (NHSPC). CSC responded by saying that it took appropriate action immediately following the exposure when it sampled the air three days after the incident and found no evidence that safe limits of exposure had been exceeded. However, the Union countered that the first air sampling was limited, that a second more exhaustive sampling did not occur until three weeks later, and that to date we still do not know what chemical fumes caused the widespread ill effects on staff who were in the vicinity. CSC promised to follow-up based the information provided by the union.

12-Hour Scheduling Pilot Project at Dorchester — We have agreed to terms of reference for a 12-hour schedule pilot project at Dorchester Penitentiary. The new schedule for officers should be implemented forthwith.

Reliability & Credit Checks — On April 1st, the employer adopted a new policy for security clearance renewals, without consultation with the Union. We informed the employer that we completely oppose this initiative which violates our members’ privacy rights. CSC responded by saying that this is a government initiative over which CSC has no control. We discussed the managerial level at which the confidential information will be disclosed. CSC informed us that it intends to seek information on social media accounts in future. The Union will use all means at its disposal to contest this invasion of privacy.

Case Management for CX2s

Community Assessments — There was much discussion in the case management committee meeting earlier in the week on the issue of CX2s being tasked with doing these assessments. CSC has agreed with us that CX2s will not be required to complete community assessments as part of case management duties until further notice.

Global Agreement

On Tuesday March 31st the Union resumed negotiations to renew the Global Agreement. We opened up by discussing our proposal to round up annual leave allotments within the 4 and 9 percent. Much to our surprise CSC came to us empty handed without a mandate to open up on anything, citing financial reasons as to why the door was closed on our proposals. We then went on to discuss labour relations committees in an attempt to clarify language following the agreements we reached on clustered sites. CSC dismissed our proposals repeating that the cupboard was bare. By this point, the National Executive did not see any benefit in continuing as there were no openings by CSC’s negotiating team. We instead decided to raise our concerns with the Commissioner at the NLMC table.

NLMC

In his opening remarks, National President Kevin Grabowsky expressed the Union’s concern over the growing number of outstanding items on our bilateral meetings list. He expressed the Union’s disappointment over the employer’s stance at the Global Agreement negotiations. On a more positive note, the jointly developed Ballistic Threat Protocol is now finalized and has been reportedly successfully used at Bowden Institution just recently.

The Commissioner stated that the budget continues to be very tight. In terms of the Global Agreement he indicated that there remains margin to maneuver. Finally the Commissioner made mention of the City of Kingston’s Council motion to recognize CSC staff by granting Freedom of the City on May 31st.

Clustered Sites — Sask Pen continues to operate without a signed agreement despite multiple attempts to resolve this issue. The Commissioner responded by saying they are taking a closer look at the situation as they feel that there are some other factors that may influence how this gets resolved. He will sit down with the Union upon his return from vacation to finalize a solution.

PTSD Engagement — The Commissioner mentioned that he will be in the Pacific Region on May 19th and 20th to engage in more discussions around this important subject with key union representatives. Regional President Gord Robertson will be there for UCCO-SACC-CSN.

Kent Institution Chemical Exposure — We questioned the employer as to why a situation of exposure to noxious fumes in the fall of last year had not yet been brought to the attention of the National Health and Safety Policy Committee (NHSPC). CSC responded by saying that it took appropriate action immediately following the exposure when it sampled the air three days after the incident and found no evidence that safe limits of exposure had been exceeded. However, the Union countered that the first air sampling was limited, that a second more exhaustive sampling did not occur until three weeks later, and that to date we still do not know what chemical fumes caused the widespread ill effects on staff who were in the vicinity. CSC promised to follow-up based the information provided by the union.

12-Hour Scheduling Pilot Project at Dorchester — We have agreed to terms of reference for a 12-hour schedule pilot project at Dorchester Penitentiary. The new schedule for officers should be implemented forthwith.

Reliability & Credit Checks — On April 1st, the employer adopted a new policy for security clearance renewals, without consultation with the Union. We informed the employer that we completely oppose this initiative which violates our members’ privacy rights. CSC responded by saying that this is a government initiative over which CSC has no control. We discussed the managerial level at which the confidential information will be disclosed. CSC informed us that it intends to seek information on social media accounts in future. The Union will use all means at its disposal to contest this invasion of privacy.

Case Management for CX2s

Community Assessments — There was much discussion in the case management committee meeting earlier in the week on the issue of CX2s being tasked with doing these assessments. CSC has agreed with us that CX2s will not be required to complete community assessments as part of case management duties until further notice.

Presentations to the Parole Board by CX2s on ETA (escorted temporary absence) — This issue has now been clarified with NHQ, CX2s will not be required to make these presentations to the parole board as was being implemented in some regions. We may, however, be called to testify in front of the parole board which has been the practice in the past, and is exceptional.

Deployment Standards

Optimal Model of Mental Health Care — We raised the alarm with CSC about the pace at which this new mental health model is progressing without taking into consideration the operational impacts it will have. We insisted on being in the traffic on this new initiative to ensure operational needs are met especially when nursing hours are being cut back and resources are being moved around. RPC Saskatchewan and the Prairies are of particular concern as the process appears to be moving faster there.

CSC stated they had heard loud and clear our concerns earlier in the week and proposed a meeting to occur in the 13th of April to discuss our issues in more detail. National President Kevin Grabowsky will take the lead on this file for the Union.

Based on the opening comments by the Commissioner we are hopeful that CSC shows up with a different attitude and mandate at our next Global Agreement negotiation session which is likely to coincide with the NLMC the week of May 5th to 7th.

National Executive

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