Updated Questions and Answers - December 11, 2017

What is the status of PIPSC’s application to represent us?

As you may know, the government recently announced that deeming of civilian members of the RCMP under the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA) has been put on hold “indefinitely” because of problems with the Phoenix pay system.

We have been informed, however, that this will not affect the Institute’s application to the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (PSLREB) under Section 58 of the Public Service Labour Relations Act to become your bargaining agent.  We are continuing to prepare to welcome some 1,300 of you.

When will the Labour Board render its decision?

We expect a decision by the end of January 2018.

What PIPSC Group will I be joining?

Current RCMP Group

Future PIPSC Group

Commerce and Purchasing (SPS-COM)

Audit, Commerce and Purchasing (AV)

Computer Personnel (SPS-CP)

Computer Systems (CS)

Forensic Laboratory and Identification, Forensic Science Laboratory Specialist (FLI-FSLS)

Applied Science and Patent Examination (SP)

Electronics Engineer and Architecture (SPS-EE)

Architecture, Engineering and Land Survey (NR),

Research Scientist (SE-RES)

Research (RE)

Chaplain (SPS-CHP)

Health Services (SH)

Health Nursing (SPS-HN)

Health Services (SH)

Will PIPSC protect my current conditions of employment and benefits?

Yes. We will always strive to defend and improve the working conditions and benefits for all our members. 

As you know, there are several areas of differences between the terms and conditions for civilian members and their pay-matched comparators in the Core Public Administration. Members are rightly concerned that the employer will push for concessions during bargaining. 

We have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Treasury Board stating that your existing terms and conditions of employment will be maintained until new collective agreements have been negotiated. Your engagement and support for your union will be essential to a favourable outcome in negotiations with the employer. 

Will I be paid through Phoenix when I join the public service?

No, you will continue to be paid through your existing system and processes until further notice.

What can PIPSC do for me?

As a union member, you benefit from a number of key advantages. Your dues pay for top-notch negotiators, research staff and analysts when your Group is negotiating a collective agreement. PIPSC stewards and staff provide quality representation at every step of the grievance process. PIPSC supplies expert opinions to correct inequalities in work descriptions and classifications. PIPSC legal experts know the law and provide comprehensive defence of our members’ rights. Through regular presentations to parliamentary committees, interventions in court cases, and timely media promotion and mobilization events, your voice is heard by government and the public. PIPSC can become your voice in the workplace.

When will I start paying union dues?

You will start paying union dues as soon as you are deemed by the Labour Board to be a member of the Institute.

How much will I be paying in dues?

PIPSC dues are set at $72.56 per month, or $870.72 a year. Please note that union dues are tax-deductible.

Will I get a retroactive salary increase when the members of my PIPSC Group receive theirs?

Yes.  The Treasury Board has committed to implementing pay increases to you at the same time as those employees in your corresponding PIPSC bargaining unit.

Why should I sign up as a PIPSC member before deeming takes effect?

If you sign up as a PIPSC member right away, we will be able to communicate directly with you so that you can receive the latest information about the unionization process and your rights as a union member. We can also assist you as required. In turn, you will be able to directly contact us on issues that are of concern to you. 

What will becoming a member mean to me?

Once you are a member you can participate in activities such as becoming a steward, possibly become involved in Labour/Management Consultation, become a member of PIPSC committees, and become eligible for benefits under the Service Plus program.

How can I sign up as a PIPSC member?

Please complete the online application form found at www.pipsc.ca under “Member Tools/How to Become a Member”.

Who can I talk to for more information?

If you have any questions or concerns about the deeming process and the transition to a unionized environment, please email Catherine Gagnon, PIPSC Mobilization Officer, at cgagnon@pipsc.ca.