Updated Questions and Answers - June 5 2018

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.

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.

When will I start paying union dues?

In principle, union dues can be collected from the date the Labour Board Decision was rendered (April 13, 2018). The Professional Institute’s Executive Committee as decided to provide a 6 months grace period before collecting union dues from Civilian Members. Union dues will then be deducted from your pay on a by-weekly basis.

I have an unresolved/ongoing workplace issue, what can PIPSC to do help?

Should you ever face a conflict with your manager or employer, you now have the backing of PIPSC, a strong and professional union with decades of experience in labour relations, to help you navigate the grievance process and protect your rights. Simply contact your local PIPSC Steward (http://www.pipsc.ca/labour-relations/stewards/stewards-list) or our National Office for further assistance (civilian_members@pipsc.ca)

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”.

When will our contract Negotiations begin?

PIPSC is currently reviewing all the terms and conditions, clause by clause, of every group impacted by the transfer to the Public Service. We’ve already worked to ensure that your terms and conditions of employment are protected until such time we negotiate transition into our existing collective agreements. Without a union, the employer could have simply changed your working conditions without your input. As a PIPSC member, you can join in the process of negotiating these agreements and will have your say on the outcome of the negotiations. Further information will be communicated as soon as available. Your engagement and support for your union will be essential to a favourable outcome in negotiations with the employer.

What will happen to my pension once we are transferred to the Public Service?

Upon deeming, accrued pensionable service credits under the RCMP pension plan will be automatically transferred to the public service pension plan.  This includes current RCMP service plus previous periods of service that have been purchased while under RCMP plan (i.e. service buybacks).

Do I have access to Internal Public Service Employment Opportunities?

For the purpose of selection processes outside of the RCMP, Civilian Members are considered “persons employed in the public service”. They can apply on both advertised and non-advertised processes as long as the area of selection is opened to “persons employed”. Accordingly, until deeming, they cannot deploy within the core public administration and are not subject to the priority entitlements of the PSEA or PSER.

As for processes specific to the RCMP, the area of selection consistently allows for Civilian Members to apply as per their staffing alignment process.

If I apply for a Public Service job, do I have to convert to the PS before the deeming date?

Yes. By accepting employment with the Public Service, you are automatically subjected to their Terms and conditions.

How do I get involved in the Union?

You can step up to be a steward and get the necessary training to help and represent your colleagues in the workplace. You can join a union-management consultation group to help shape your employer’s policies and decisions. And you can join the bargaining team to ensure you and your colleagues can defend and improve your working conditions. If you would like more information on how to get involved, please contact Catherine Gagnon

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.