OSFI Group Bargaining Update # 3 - We Are Ready!
Your Bargaining Team would like to thank the members from Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver who participated in our focus groups. Your input and suggestions were very helpful and we appreciate your participation over your lunch breaks to support your Union. Input from these sessions, combined with the results of the bargaining survey, were invaluable in identifying priorities and proposals.
The Bargaining Team met in Toronto December 18 to 20. We finalized our proposals on non-pay issues and were tentatively scheduled to exchange proposals with the Employer on January 15, 2019. We have since been advised by OSFI that they are unable to exchange proposals with us at that time, as they have not received a mandate for bargaining from Treasury Board.
While we are concerned by the delay, we appreciate this issue extends beyond OSFI and across the federal public sector. I will be meeting with the leaders of the other PIPSC Groups on January 11, 2019, to discuss strategies to ensure the government engages in fair and timely negotiations with our groups.
Pay proposal development continues with PIPSC research staff. Comparators have been compiled with membership input. Once the proposals are exchanged with the Employer and translated, these will be posted on the OSFI Group web page.
The Bargaining Team is tentatively scheduled to meet the Employer beginning February 26 to 28, 2019. Additional dates are scheduled through to May, 2019.
Paul van Gurp
OSFI Group Bargaining Team President
Bargaining Process Summary:
Survey Members – Complete
Member Focus Groups –Complete
Information Submitted by Individual Members – Complete
Finalize Non-Pay Proposals – Complete
Develop Pay Proposals - Underway
Exchange Proposals with Employer – Cancelled by Employer
Negotiations to Achieve Tentative Agreement – Tentatively scheduled to commence February 26 to 28
Should an Impasse in Negotiations Occur - Proceed to Binding Conciliation - If necessary
Tentative Agreement - Goal
Bargaining Unit Membership Ratification Vote - after Tentative Agreement is reached