WHY IS OUR PENSION DEMAND SO IMPORTANT?
Correctional officers are only asking for what Canadian law provides: that our pensions accumulate at a rate of 2.33% of salary per year;
Because we accumulate stress at a faster rate than people in other careers due to the nature of our work.
Because, in 2005, the federal government amended the Income Tax Act to give this right to public security occupations.
All parties in Parliament have told us they support our right to a decent pension after 25 years in our jobs. It’s time for Treasury Board to step up to the plate and deliver.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KEEP OUR SEVERANCE PAY?
Severance pay has long been an acquired right;
This premium compensates for the long periods of time new retirees must wait for their regular pension income to begin;
The federal government is offering a symbolic raise of 0.75% over the four years of the next collective agreement – and two days of bereavement leave – in return for this right;
A week of salary for every year of service up to a maximum of 30 weeks at the time we retire – we will not give up this important benefit!
WHY DO WE NEED TO SETTLE THE DIFFICULT ISSUE OF DESIGNATED PAID HOLIDAYS?
Because we don’t want to reimburse time or money to the employer anymore;
Because we need to manage our stat holidays;
Because this problem has lasted long enough;
Because an equitable solution is easy – CSC knows it and all the employer has to do is implement it.
WHY ARE OUR DEMANDS ON SALARY AND A SENIORITY PREMIUM IMPORTANT?
Because our requested salary increases of 1.5%, 3.5% and 3% are barely enough to keep pace with the increase in the cost of living. To accept less would be to accept a decrease in our real incomes.
Because at times in our jobs we are paramedics, psychologists, fire fighters and so on.
Because our real basis of salary comparability is with the RCMP;
Because our salaries should reflect the challenges awaiting us;
Because members of UCCO-SACC-CSN deserve a wage hike and will fight for it!
AND THE SENIORITY PREMIUM…
Because RCMP officers, to whom we compare our salaries, already have a 1.5% salary premium every 5 years!
Because experience is worth something!
WHY DO WE NEED TO MEET OUR OBJECTIVES ON DISCIPLINARY MEASURES?
Because the employer must stop hiding evidence and allow the union to properly defend its members;
Because the presumption of innocence must apply to us as well.