Office Closure

The National Office and the National Capital Regional Office are closed today and will reopen Tuesday September 25, 2018 at 8:00 am.

The following is a summary of the tentative agreement reached between the Institute and the National Energy Board regarding the NEB Group on June 9, 2017. This tentative agreement must be ratified by the members of the NEB Group to become final. A ratification meeting will be held on 26 June 2017 where the agreement will be explained in more detail and after which an electronic vote will be held. The Employer must also receive a non-objection approval from the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and Governor-in-Council approval before the Agreement is final.

This was a very difficult round of negotiations and your NEB Group bargaining team thanks you for all your support.

Summary

Article B1 Salaries

Effective November 1, 2014, increase to all pay level by 1.25%.

Effective November 1, 2015, increase to all pay levels by 1.25%.

Effective November 1, 2016, increase to all pay levels by 1.25%.

Effective November 1, 2017, increase to all pay levels by 1.25%.

1% increase to salary grid, effective November 1, 2016 (prior to 1.25% economic increase being applied)

Renewal of Letters of Agreement on Market Allowance, and Performance Pay for the life of the collective agreement.

Amendment to Letter of Agreement on Calgary Allowance to change that the allowance shall be paid to employees who reside within daily commuting distance of Calgary. It includes a transition provision for employees who previously received the Calgary Allowance and are no longer eligible. For those employees, the Calgary Allowance will be phased out as follows:

  • January 1, 2018 – Calgary Allowance reduced by 50% to 2.47%
  • July 1, 2018 – Calgary Allowance will cease

Signed an MOU with the employer to form a joint union-management task force to look into options for revising the Performance Pay Plan and provide written document with options for a revised Performance Pay plan for the next round of bargaining.

Article B3 Acting Pay

The qualifying period shall be three consecutive working days for all positions. Removed the qualifying period of ten consecutive working days when acting in a Director position.

Article C1 Overtime

Moved conditions that were in memorandum of agreement into Article C1. Changes guarantee a minimum of 8 hours rest between scheduled work days and premium pay where the minimum hours of rest are not provided.

Article C5 Overtime Meals

The rate for meals during overtime increases from $10.50 to $12.00.

Article C6 Travelling Time

Travelling time considered paid time increased from 12 hours to 15 hours for all travel.

Article D2 Vacation

Recognition of service as student for calculation of vacation entitlement.

Article D3 Sick Leave

Your current sick leave plan remains in effect for now. A memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Supporting Employee Wellness was signed between PIPSC and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) on December 7th, 2016. The National Energy Board and PIPSC agree to take the necessary steps in order to implement applicable changes once an agreement is reached on the details and content of the EWSP.

Article D6 Family Leave

Expanded definition of family to include father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister, grandparents and grandchildren and any relative for whom the employee has a duty of care, irrespective of whether they reside with the employee.

Article D7 Bereavement Leave

Expanded definition of family to include father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister, grandparents and grandchildren and any relative for whom the employee has a duty of care, irrespective of whether they reside with the employee.

Bereavement leave can be split into 2 periods at time of death and a later date to attend a memorial commemorating the deceased.

Article D New Compassionate Care Leave without Pay

New article that allows employees to take leave without pay when they provide proof that they have qualified for Employment Insurance (EI) Compassionate Care Benefits.

Article D19 Volunteer Leave

Employees will be allowed to split this leave into two 3.75 hour periods versus having to take it all in one day.

Article E7 Discipline

When an employee is on leave with pay in excess of six (6) months, the period the notice of discipline action will placed on the personnel file will be automatically extended by the length of this period.

Article H5 Dispute Resolution

Strengthened the language to ensure written reasons are provided by the employer.

Article I Duration

The duration of the agreement will be 4 years; from November 1, 2014 to October 31, 2018.

Ratification

The ratification meeting will be held on 26 June 2017 where the process for electronic voting on the tentative agreement will be explained.

PIPSC Bargaining Team
June 13 2017