The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

PIPSC Vote on the PIPSC JCC-RT Group Tentative Agreement – April, 2022

We’re pleased to announce that on April 11, 2022, we finalized a tentative agreement with Hamilton Health Sciences for a proposed one-year renewal of our collective agreement.

The purpose of the agreement is to conclude the third and final year of the imposed salary and compensation caps under Bill 124, in order to provide members with their retroactive pay increase and benefit improvements prior to bargaining the next collective agreement.

The Ford government’s Bill 124 imposed salary and compensation caps totalling 1% per year for 3 years of our collective agreement, including a ceiling of 1% on any increases to salary rates during each of these years. Your bargaining team was committed to bring back the best possible agreement under the circumstances.

In addition, PIPSC joined 11 Ontario unions representing more than 250,000 provincial public sector employees in a coordinated legal Charter challenge against Bill 124. Should this challenge be successful, the tentative agreement provides the ability to re-open the collective agreement for negotiation of monetary items.

This tentative agreement must now be ratified by the PIPSC JCC-RT membership. An electronic vote will be held in order to ratify this agreement. Eligible members in good standing will receive the voting instructions by email on May 12, 2022. In accordance with the group by-laws, regular members and retired members who ceased to be regular members on or after October 1, 2021, will be eligible to vote.

Please ensure your membership information is up to date.

An online information session has been scheduled for May 11, 2022, at 7:00 PM ET. You will receive an invitation to this event by separate email.

You will find all the information below. It is important that you take the time to review everything prior to voting and prior to asking questions of the Bargaining Team.

Please review the linked documents:

A Yes vote means: You are accepting all of the changes proposed in the tentative agreement. Those changes will take place at the date of the signing (except as otherwise noted).

A No vote means: You reject the tentative agreement and instruct the PIPSC Bargaining Team to pursue further negotiations, with a high likelihood of heading to arbitration. 

Your PIPSC JCC-RT Bargaining Team unanimously recommends the acceptance of this tentative agreement.

Your PIPSC JCC-RT Bargaining Team
Carrie Gerdes, President
Vas Naina, Vice-President
Jazz VanSantvoort
David Griffin, Negotiator