CFIA S&A Bargaining Update – December 2018

Your Bargaining Team is very pleased to announce that in the early hours of December 15, 2018 a Tentative Agreement was signed with the Employer, completing this round of negotiations. The team was successful in fending off all major concessions proposed by the employer and in advancing many of the SA group issues, most importantly securing a commitment from the Employer to review and fix the problems with the SR classification in partnership with PIPSC and SA members.

We thank all the members of the SA Group for their continued patience and support during these protracted negotiations.

The tentative agreement will be summarized in detail early in the new year for member’s review and in preparation for ratification. Please see below for an overview of the most noteworthy amendments and the attached document for details relating to pay.

The Agreement will cover four (4) years, with an expiration of September 30, 2018 and one hundred and twenty (120) days for implementation.

The settlement includes:

  • 1.25% general economic increase for each year, plus classification specific increases with parity to the Core Public Administration and for the SR 2s and SR 3s a lump sum payment in consideration of the classification review process that will take place over the next year. 
  • New Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to review and fix the SR classification. The review and development of SR job content will be subject to an adjudicative process if the parties reach impasse, with a commitment to complete the review by December 31, 2019.
  • New MOA with respect to modernizing sick leave in the Federal Government (as agreed to at the central PIPSC-TBS table).
  • Updates to the Employment Transition Appendix to correspond with agreements made at the central PIPSC-TBS table.
  • New MOA on Scientific Integrity.
  • Better mobility for employees on return from maternity and parental leave.
  • Addition of two (2) rest periods of fifteen (15) minutes.
  • Increase to two (2) personal days.
  • Improvements to the flexibility and use of bereavement leave and leave for family related responsibilities.
  • Improvements to leave for union leave.

Again, the team appreciates all the support and interest members took in this round of negotiations. Keep your eyes open for updates and information in January as we prepare for ratification.

In solidarity,

Your Bargaining Team