Ratified Treasury Board agreements: What happens now?
Following the recent ratification of new agreements by the PA, SV and EB Treasury Board groups, the following steps will be taken:
- Re-open current agreements to include some non-monetary improvements
- Signing of new collective agreements
- Implementation of wage and special monetary increases
- Implementation of voluntary severance cash out options
As a first step in the implementation of the new collective agreements, PSAC will re-open the current collective agreements for the PA, SV and EB groups.
This “re-opener” entails modifying current collective agreements to include non-monetary improvements negotiated during the recent bargaining process.
These improvements take effect on December 21, 2010. They include:
Family related responsibility: More flexibility for leave with pay for family related responsibilities to allow 7.5 hours for situations such as attending school functions and appointments with financial and legal representatives.
Bereavement leave: Bereavement leave entitlement improved to a period of seven instead of five consecutive calendar days.
Sick leave for term employees: Term employees will now have their unused sick leave credits reinstated if they are rehired within one year of a specified year of employment.
Pay Modernization Initiative: In the PA agreement, there will be union participation in a consultation process regarding the Pay Modernization Initiative.
The monetary provisions such as wages, severance and allowance cannot be implemented immediately because of the Expenditure Restraint Act.
PSAC expects to sign the new agreements on the following dates:
PA Group: March 1, 2011
EB Group: March 1, 2011
SV Group: April 6, 2011
The new agreements will expire on the following dates:
PA Group: June 20, 2014
EB Group: June 30, 2014
SV Group: August 4, 2014
Key Questions & Answers on the new agreements.
Wage increases *
Wage increases will come into effect on the following dates during the life of the new agreements:
PA Group: June 21, 2011 June 21, 2012 June 21, 2013
EB Group: July 1, 2011 July 1, 2012 July 1, 2013
SV Group: August 5, 2011 August 5, 2012 August 5, 2013
- The AS-02 Compensation Advisors Retention Allowance comes into effect on June 21, 2011.
- The addition of an increment to WP-04 Parole Officers wage grid comes into effect on April 1, 2013.
- Additional increases to the firefighters and ship’s crews pay scales come into effect on April 1, 2013.
- The allowance increase for Range Riders comes into effect on August 5, 2013.
- The EB market allowance for 12 month teachers comes into effect on July 1, 2011.
For the purposes of cashing out accumulated voluntary severance, the employer will have 3 months from the date the agreements are signed to notify the employee of his or her years of accumulated continuous employment.
The years of accumulated continuous employment will be calculated up to the second day of the new agreements for every employee:
PA Group: June 22, 2011
EB Group: July 2, 2011
SV Group: August 6, 2011
Employees will have 6 months from the date of signing to decide how to cash out their accumulated voluntary severance. Employees have the following choices:
- Immediately cash out the voluntary severance they have accumulated, or
- Keep their accumulated voluntary severance and have it paid out when they resign or retire, or
- Immediately cash out part of the accumulated severance and keep the rest of it to be paid when they resign or retire.
Employees will have to make their choice on the voluntary severance cash out by the following dates:
PA: August 31, 2011
EB: August 31, 2011
SV: Oct. 5, 2011
Key Questions & Answers on the voluntary severance cash out.
*The dates in the Wage Increases and Voluntary Severance Cash-Out sections are dependent on the date of signing of the new agreements.
Still have questions?
If you have any questions regarding the bargaining process, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your questions will be reviewed and answers will be provided in the Frequently Asked Questions section whenever possible. Given the volume of inquiries by members, we will not be able to respond to everyone individually.
Date Modified : 2013/04/09