Collective Bargaining

Collective bargaining begins and ends with members.

It’s a process of union members negotiating a collective agreement with their employer. A collective agreement is a contract that sets the terms and conditions of employment, such as pay and vacation.

Bargaining teams negotiate member priorities on behalf of all the members in a group. Group members and a PIPSC negotiator make up bargaining teams. For example, members of the SP Group and a PIPSC negotiator make up the bargaining team for the SP Group. They negotiate collective agreements for all SP members, regardless of their classification, department, workplace, etc.

A collective agreement lasts for a set period of time. After it expires, a new round of collective bargaining begins.

The bargaining process in 4 steps:

  • Phase 1 – Pre-Bargaining. PIPSC surveys members to identify priorities. Groups establish bargaining teams and draft proposals with negotiators.
  • Phase 2 – Bargaining. Employers and bargaining teams exchange, discuss, accept or reject proposals. Members build momentum and take action to support their bargaining teams. Parties reach a deal (tentative agreement) or hit an impasse.
    • If negotiations reach an impasse, there are dispute resolution options to help get a deal, including conciliation/mediation, and arbitration. If conciliation/mediation are unsuccessful, there are job action & strike options.
  • Phase 3 – Voting. Bargaining teams and negotiators meet with members to discuss the terms of the tentative agreement. Members vote to ratify or reject it, which requires a simple majority of voting.
  • Phase 4 – Post-Bargaining. Parties sign the new collective agreement. PIPSC monitors its application and educates members on its terms. Teams debrief the bargaining process and suggest improvements for the next bargaining round.

Upcoming rounds of bargaining

Most PIPSC groups have collective agreements that will expire within the next year. This means we are entering Phase 1 of a new round of collective bargaining!

The Central Bargaining Team made major gains for members in the last round of bargaining. These include:

  • A base wage increase of 7% for all groups over 4 years
  • Parental leave top-up expanded by 5 weeks if both parents work for the federal public service
  • A historic win of 10 paid leave days for survivors of domestic violence.

Read more about the wins.

New bargaining goals

Bargaining teams are now identifying member goals and priorities for the upcoming round of bargaining. If you haven’t already received a bargaining survey, please stay tuned.

Central Bargaining Updates

3 May 2022
The Treasury Board has been open to discussions, but remains opposed to changes necessary to modernize the plan.
4 April 2022
PIPSC and the other federal public service unions belonging to the National Joint Council (NJC) dental plan have written to Minister Fortier asking her to prioritize an independe
18 June 2020
If you took maternity or parental leave during the retro pay period, you will receive your retro pay in two phases. You may not have received the second payment yet.
10 March 2020
Many groups are bargaining now and members are working hard to get new collective agreements. You have the full solidarity and support of the 65,000 PIPSC members from coast, to coast, to coast.
23 January 2020
The implementation of new collective agreements is underway for the AV, NR, RE, SH, SP, AFS (CRA), NRC (IS, LS, RO-RCO, TR), NEB, NFB, NUREG (CNSC) and OSFI groups. This webinar video outlines the details of your pay increase and the tips for calculating retro pay.
12 December 2019
This training outlines key changes to the parental leave policy, eligibility requirements, and strategies for accessing it.
12 December 2019
The new parental allowance provisions are currently applicable to the AV, NR, RE, SH, SP, CNRC (LS, IR, RO-RCO, TR), CRA (AFS), OSFI, CNSC (NUREG), NEB and NFB collective agreements.
4 December 2019
Many members have been asking — what comes next in the CS bargaining process?
22 November 2019
Your pay increase and retro pay What is retro pay? Retro pay occurs when a new collective agreement is negotiated and time has lapsed since the expiration of the old one.
22 November 2019
The implementation process is underway for the AV, NR, RE, SH, SP, CNRC (LS, IR, RO-RCO, TR), CRA (AFS), OSFI, CNSC (NUREG), NEB and NFB collective agreements.
18 November 2019
Debi wrote a follow-up to her October 23, 2019 meeting, during which you requested a short briefing note summarizing the Institute’s position and concerns regarding the potential transfer of our Civilian Members to the troubled Phoenix pay system. 
4 November 2019
PIPSC and Treasury Board have come to an agreement on the implementation of your new Parental Leave allowance gains that were achieved during this round of negotiations.
16 September 2019
You give your best in your workplace and to your family, each and every day. We went into these negotiations to get agreements that acknowledge and support this – and we got results.
13 August 2019
We are pleased to announce the groups that have voted in favour of their new collective agreements. Find out where your group stands.
22 July 2019
We are pleased to announce that the RE group has ratified the collective agreement. Just as we have completed our ratification process, the Treasury Board is concurrently engaging in its ratification process. This involves approval from Cabinet.
18 July 2019
AFS Ratification Kit information 2019 Dear AFS Member, Your AFS Bargaining Team is pleased to announce that on May 25, 2019 we signed a tentative agreement to complete this round of collective bargaining. The Bargaining Team would like to thank all members for their support.
17 July 2019
Your NFB Bargaining Team is pleased to announce that on July 17, 2019 they signed a tentative agreement to finish this round of collective bargaining. The Bargaining Team would like to thank all members for their support during this round of bargaining.
10 July 2019
Learn more about the economic gains we made at the central bargaining table.
21 June 2019
Dear NR members, As you know, your NR Bargaining Team reached a tentative deal on May 29th for a new collective agreement. Members will have the opportunity to ask questions and express their opinions at the “Town Hall Meetings” that will take place on Wednesday July 10th.
21 June 2019
Only the changes to the Collective Agreement are identified in this summary. Everything else that is not mentioned in this summary remains unchanged.
21 June 2019
SP Vote on the SP Group Tentative Agreement – June 2019 Dear SP member,
21 June 2019
You can now listen to the recordings of our recent union-wide telephone town hall on the Phoenix compensation agreement and our central bargaining wins.
21 June 2019
PIPSC Central Table Tentative Agreement May 22, 2019 May 22, 2019 13h00
20 June 2019
The RCMP CM Negotiation Team has successfully concluded negotiations in mediation with the Treasury Board to secure a Memorandum of Agreement establishing the terms for transition of RCMP civilian members into the PIPSC collective agreements.
6 June 2019
Over the last month we have seen our hard work pay off. Join President Debi Daviau June 12 for a telephone town hall with updates on Phoenix damages and the central bargaining wins.
28 May 2019
PIPSC members have successfully negotiated with the Treasury Board to secure a 7% wage increase over the next 4 years.
2 May 2019
The PIPSC Central Table Bargaining Team met with Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) representatives on April 24th and 25th. The two parties have continued to exchange counter-proposals.
3 April 2019
The PIPSC Central Table Bargaining Team met with Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) representatives from March 26 - 28, 2019. The two parties are beginning to narrow their focus.
5 February 2019
The PIPSC Central Table Bargaining Team met with Treasury Board representatives from January 29 - 31, 2019 and engaged in a constructive discussion.
4 December 2018
In order to improve the efficiency of negotiations the PIPSC Central Bargaining Team electronically exchanged proposals with Treasury Board on November 2, 2018.
4 December 2018
Here are the bargaining proposals that were exchanged between the PIPSC Central Bargaining Table and Treasury Board.
12 October 2018
As bargaining season is upon us we are Better Together. Building on our success with Work Force Adjustment and our excellent progress with the Employee Wellness Support Program, representatives from the eighteen (18) groups* under the Treasury Board have joined forces to negotiate common issues at a central bargaining table.

Latest Bargaining Updates

17 September 2019
The NRC RO/RCO Group Bargaining Team is proud to inform you that our President Debi Daviau signed your new collective agreement on August 30 on behalf of you and your bargaining team.
5 September 2019
NFB Bargaining Update #2 – COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT SIGNED
3 September 2019
  The SH Bargaining team is pleased to announce that our new SH Collective Agreement has been signed. The Agreement took effect on August 30, 2019 and applies from September, 2018 to October, 2022.
3 September 2019
New AFS Collective Agreement Signed   The AFS Bargaining team is pleased to announce that our new AFS Collective Agreement has been signed. The Agreement took effect on August 23, 2019 and applies from December 22, 2018 to December 21, 2022.  
13 August 2019
The PIPSC NAV CANADA Group bargaining team was in bargaining preparation on Monday July 29, 30 and 31 in Ottawa. During these three productive days the team reviewed the survey results once again in addition to the complaints and grievances that arose since 2017.
1 August 2019
We are pleased to announce that our AFS members have voted to accept the May 25, 2019 tentative agreement to renew our collective bargaining agreement for the December 22, 2018 to December 21, 2022 period.
31 July 2019
The Administrative and Foreign Service Category and the Scientific and Professional Category (NFB) Bargaining Team is proud to announce that you have voted in favour of a new collective agreement by ratifying the July 17 tentative agreement!
29 July 2019
The Applied Science and Patent Examination Group (SP) Bargaining Team is proud to announce that you have voted in favour of a new collective agreement! The deal will benefit nearly 8,500 SP members.
29 July 2019
We are pleased to announce that the AV group has ratified the collective agreement. Just as we have completed our ratification process, the Treasury Board is concurrently engaging in its ratification process. This involves approval from Cabinet.
26 July 2019
We are pleased to announce that our SH members have voted to accept the May 30, 2019 tentative agreement to renew our collective bargaining agreement for the October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2022 period.
25 July 2019
Bargaining Update #10 July 19, 2019 To all proud CS Members,
25 July 2019
OSFI Bargaining Update # 8 – OSFI Members Ratify Tentative Agreement We are pleased to announce that the OSFI group has voted in favour of the new collective agreement!
24 July 2019
NUREG Bargaining Update # 5 – NUREG Members Ratify Tentative Agreement We are pleased to announce that the NUREG group has voted in favour of the new collective agreement!
24 July 2019
We are pleased to announce that the NEB group has ratified the collective agreement. Just as we have completed our ratification process, the Employer is concurrently engaging in its ratification process.
12 July 2019
We are pleased to announce that the RO/RCO group has ratified the collective agreement.
2 July 2019
Your Bargaining Team is pleased to inform you that CFIA SA and PIPSC signed the new collective agreement on June 28, 2019 covering the period of October 1, 2014, through to September 30, 2018. The employer now has 120 days from June 28, 2019 to pay your retroactivity.
2 July 2019
AFS GROUP EXECUTIVE RESPONSE TO CRA’s STAFFING GUIDELINE CHANGES The AFS Group is very concerned with the CRA’s June 13. 2019 announcement of changes to some of the Agency Staffing Guidelines. We understand that the Agency is determined to make staffing faster and easier.
26 June 2019
The Audit, Commerce and Purchasing Group invites all AU-CO-PG members to help us with the upcoming ratification voting preparedness campaign. Please ask your colleague at work the following question? Are you receiving PIPSC AV Group emails?
21 June 2019
This agreement must be ratified by the RO/RCO membership.
18 June 2019
On June 7, we reached a tentative agreement with the Employer which will now be subject to a ratification process by members. The agreement includes improvements agreed to at the central table including economic increases for all members: 2% in 2018
11 June 2019
Give me an R! R! Give me an E! E! What have you got? RE! — PIPSC President Debi Daviau at break on the second day of the final negotiation session
5 June 2019
PIPSC NR Group Bargaining Bulletin #8 Bargaining Update for PIPSC NR Members The Bargaining session scheduled for April 9 to 11, was cancelled due to illness on the TB Team. We now have a new NR Team Bargaining Co-ordinator: Hugo Buttau, P.
5 June 2019
Mission Accomplished! Your NUREG Bargaining Team is pleased to announce that we have reached a Tentative Agreement with CNSC! 
3 June 2019
WTEG General Meeting All WTEG members
31 May 2019
After several long days of meetings the SH Bargaining Team and the Treasury Board have signed a Tentative Agreement. The agreement includes language to help address some group-specific monetary and non-monetary concerns. In addition the agreement contains the language agreed upon at the PIPSC Central Table which will apply to all members.
31 May 2019
Your bargaining Team met with the Employer during the last week of May 2019. A number of days of negotiations were scheduled, yet talks were very limited and ended on Tuesday night, May 28. The Team was hopeful that the employer would return with a reasonable counter offer.
31 May 2019
UPDATED - Your Bargaining Team is very pleased to announce that in the early hours of May 25, 2019 a Tentative Agreement was signed with the Employer, completing this round of negotiations. The team has been working hard and met with the Employer early in May and then again May 22 through to the early hours of the morning on the May 25.
29 May 2019
Your bargaining team thanks you for your demonstrations of support. It keeps us strong and focused on getting you the best Collective Agreement possible.
28 May 2019
On Saturday, May 25, 2019, the AFS Bargaining Team reached a tentative agreement with CRA that provides a fair wage increase for all of our AFS members; commits the parties to continuing meaningful consultations on classification matters; and provides for an extension of the Quebec Region flexible work initiative.
28 May 2019
Your RE bargaining team met with the employer on May 15-17, concurrently with central table negotiations. Our work was hampered by uncertainty about ongoing central table negotiations, and we continued to discuss mostly non-monetary issues.
24 May 2019
May 28 starts the 3rd and last scheduled session of bargaining before the writ is dropped for the federal election. It is critical CS members get out to show support for the bargaining team, to show to Treasury Board that the Group stands united. The message is clear;
21 May 2019
Visit our information table on Thursday, May 23, 2019 to learn about the Do Better campaign, ask questions to your Executive about bargaining and meet local union activists.   Camelot information table Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
21 May 2019
The Employer ratification process of the new collective agreement remains ongoing.
21 May 2019
With only 365 days remaining until the scheduled deeming date of May 21, 2020, your support is needed to achieve our goals.
14 May 2019
We’re back at the bargaining table from May 16th to May 18th.
13 May 2019
On May 8 and 9, 2019 in Ottawa, your AV Group Bargaining Team met with Treasury Board to continue negotiations on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.