UCCO-SACC-CSN met with Treasury Board on the 11, 12 and 13 of August. As mentioned in our video posted last Friday, the bargaining committee has made some gains at the Treasury Board table. We have also made the Treasury board step back on some of their regressive demands.
Some important gains made were:
- (Article 17) Discipline – Suspensions would be calculated in hours;
- (Article 45.08) Maternity Related Reassignment – Entitlement for 30 months;
- (Article 30) Other leaves with or without pay language to bring our collective agreement in line with the recent decision for extended maternity/paternity leave.
Some important employer withdraws:
- (Article 17) Discipline- employer removed their demand to extend discipline on file for any time taken on LWOP;
- (Article 31.03) – added discretion for the employer to request a medical certificate for sick leave.
An important aspect to understand about these withdraws is that the employer has gained these advancements in virtually every Public Service agreement recently signed, but given the withdraw on these demands, these will not apply to members of UCCO-SACC-CSN.
Another important victory was the employer withdraw of their demands around Appendix K, leaving our collective rights to our schedules intact. Make no mistake, this movement at the table came from the collective voice of the members of UCCOSACC- CSN showing support for the bargaining committee while sending the clear message, “Hands off our Schedules”.
While the bargaining committee will now begin in-depth discussions with the Treasury Board on our monetary proposals, the employer has two monetary demands remaining. Their first demand surrounds lieu time entitlement, and the second demand under Appendix D is around Inmate escorts and our compensation as directed by the NJC directive while reporting/working outside of our headquarters area. We will continue our battle on these demands.
On Friday, August 14th, UCCO-SACC-CSN met with CSC for our global agreement negotiations. Our experience at this table was less positive. It was evident that CSC came unprepared. If the employer truly does respect our work as Correctional Officers, they will have to do their work and begin real discussions.
Your national bargaining committee will be Ottawa on the third week of September to resume bargaining talks.
Today’s mobilization has two purposes: show support for your bargaining committee and send a loud and clear message to CSC: SHOW US SOME RESPECT AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK.