As you know, your RE Bargaining Team reached a tentative agreement with the Treasury Board Secretariat on November 23, 2023. In the following weeks and months, we moved as quickly as possible through the ratification process. 

Members received the RE tentative agreement ratification package on December 8. Virtual voting for the tentative agreement was open from December 12 to January 5, 2024. During this period, your RE bargaining team hosted 3 information sessions about your new collective agreement. 

The membership ratified the tentative agreement on January 9 and promptly communicated the results to the Treasury Board so that they could begin their ratification process. 

Throughout this period, we continued to work jointly with the Treasury Board to integrate agreed-upon changes and to review the collective agreement for errors or inconsistencies. We hoped and planned to sign your new collective agreement in early February. Unfortunately, the Treasury Board has encountered administrative delays in completing its ratification process.

We now anticipate signing the RE collective agreement on March 1, 2024.

We continue to work with the Treasury Board and PIPSC staff to ensure the timely signing of the collective agreement. We will then contact you regarding its implementation. 

We understand and share your frustration with the delays in this process. The employer represents the government, which has the power to make the laws and procedures governing our collective bargaining process. PIPSC, like other bargaining agents in the federal public service, is seriously concerned about this power imbalance and its impact on our membership.

If you have any questions, please contact representatives from your RE bargaining team.

In solidarity, 

Jean Bérubé

RE Bargaining Team Chair, PIPSC