We have come to an agreement with the Treasury Board that all grievances will be suspended from March 20 to July 5, 2020, inclusively. This is a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our agreement is in keeping with the same suspension of activity ordered by the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board on March 20, 2020, and is in keeping with the terms of our collective agreements.
Your grievance will not be impacted by this extension. We will continue to work together to hold your employer to account. And the work on your grievance will resume as soon as it is possible.
This suspension ensures that members are able to submit any necessary grievances. The 25-day time limit to submit a grievance is also suspended. In some exceptional circumstances, we can proceed with your grievance according to the regular timelines. Contact your regional office staff for assistance.
These are challenging times and PIPSC members continue to deliver services for people across Canada. Union support is available to you for any challenges you may face in the workplace related to COVID-19.
If you need other workplace support, your local stewards are hard at work and can support you.
Grievances can be challenging at the best of times, and facing a suspension of your grievance as a result of the current health crisis is an additional challenge. We are all in this together. Please reach out to family, friends, colleagues, fellow union members and your Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) for support.
If the current crisis requires it, we may agree to an extension of this suspension.