You’re unionized: here are 3 immediate benefits

Friends,

I have great news! You finally have a union.

The Federal Labour Board has granted our application to represent nearly 1,400 RCMP Civilian Members (CMs). That means you are now a PIPSC member and benefit from our services and the collective power of 55,000 public service professionals.

Being a PIPSC member empowers you to join the process of collective bargaining. It gives you a seat at the table. It allows you to directly advocate for yourself and your coworkers.

PIPSC provides you with guidance, organizational resources and legal council both during the bargaining as well as after the contract is finalized. You get to have a voice, select your own representatives, make decisions collectively and have a vote on the outcome of a negotiation.

No individual can have much success in changing the practices of a big employer — but as a union we can, because we’re better together. On behalf of the Professional Institute, I welcome you to your union.

In order to benefit from the full suite of PIPSC services, please take a moment to fill this membership form right now.

I know you have a lot of questions about the challenges and opportunities ahead. For now, here are three immediate benefits I want to highlight:

  1. 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 now, you can join in the process of negotiating these agreements and will have your say on the outcome of the negotiations.
  2. Should you ever face a conflict with your manager or employer, you will have the backing of PIPSC, a strong and professional union with decades of experience in labour relations, to help you navigate the process of a grievance and protect your rights.
  3. 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.

I want to remind you again that your pay will stay with the current RCMP system and will not be transferred to Phoenix. Take a minute to review other quick facts on our Frequently Asked Questions Page.

I can’t wait for us to get to know each other better and start working together. Welcome to PIPSC!

Better together.

Debi Daviau
President


16 January 2019
The federal government has just announced that it is proposing new measures to help correct the wide-ranging issue of employees having to repay the gross instead of the net amount of a salary overpayment caused by system, administrative or clerical errors. This is particularly significant for PIPSC members: tens of thousands of you have experienced this problem first-hand thanks to the calamitous Phoenix system.

15 January 2019
The New Year will see the Institute continue to be very active in defending the interests of its members, and I would like to take this opportunity to keep you informed of some of the key issues we will be facing over the next twelve months.

11 January 2019
Like many Canadians, I was sorry to learn yesterday that Treasury Board President and Minister of Digital Government Scott Brison is leaving Cabinet and will not be seeking re-election later this year.

4 December 2018
While PIPSC, alongside our union partners at the National Joint Council Dental Care Board of Management, is still negotiating hard to improve the majority of our members’ dental plan (NJC Component 55555), I am very pleased to announce that we have nailed down the following significant improvemen

30 November 2018
Earlier this year, in its 2018 Budget, the federal government announced its intention to replace the catastrophic Phoenix pay system with a new, functional alternative.

10 October 2018
On October 4, 2018 I made a presentation to the Government Operations Committee of the House of Commons about the current state of the federal public service hiring process. This was very timely, as the government had just released its own study of the issue.