The RE Group ratification package and tentative agreement next steps.

Your RE Group Bargaining Team is pleased to announce that on November 23rd, 2023, we reached a tentative agreement with the Treasury Board Secretariat to conclude this round of collective bargaining. We believe we have reached the best deal possible in what has been a challenging round of negotiations.

Highlights of this tentative agreement include:

  • 12.5% wage increase over 4 years (compounded to 13.14%)
  • $2,500 one-time lump sum payment 
  • Classification specific adjustments to HR-02 and DS-04
  • Commitment to initiate discussions on supporting research continuity for researchers during parental leave
  • Improved access to Domestic Violence Leave
  • Addition of bereavement leave for stillbirth 
  • Addition of opportunities for language training as professional development 

The tentative agreement also incorporates new language negotiated at the PIPSC Central Table, which includes:

This agreement must now be ratified by the RE Group membership. An electronic vote will be held in order to ratify this agreement.  All regular members in good standing will receive the voting instructions by email. 

The voting will be open from December 12 2023 at 12:00 PM to January 5 2024 at 12:00 PM. You will receive voting instructions via email.

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

Please review the attached 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) and the employer will have a period varying between 180 and 560 days to implement them (this includes any retro pay).

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

The RE Group Bargaining Team believes we accomplished the best deal possible in what was a difficult round of negotiations.