Top-up of up to $1000 to your Phoenix compensation

PIPSC has concluded negotiations with the Treasury Board Secretariat regarding several top-ups to your Phoenix compensation.

As we indicated in July, another union signed a Phoenix agreement that we analyzed and ultimately determined had a higher monetary value to our own Phoenix agreement, which included up to 5 days of leave for all members paid by Phoenix. After many weeks of negotiations, we successfully applied our “top-up clause” that brings the value of your Phoenix compensation in line with the value of any superior Phoenix agreement concluded by other unions.

If you’re a PIPSC member paid by Phoenix in one of the following groups:

  • CP (formerly AV)
  • CS
  • NR
  • RE
  • SH
  • SP
  • NRC (LS, IS, RO-RCO, TR)
  • AFS (CRA)
  • OSFI
  • NUREG (CNSC)
  • CFIA (IN, S&A, VM)
  • CER
  • NFB

You’ll be eligible for up to $1000 in top-up payments, based on the number of fiscal years you were employed and part of the union (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20). This is in addition to the 5 days of leave you already received for Phoenix as well as the claims processes that have been launched.

You can be eligible for a payment of up to $1000, based on the years you were working in a position represented by PIPSC: $400 for 2016-17, and $200 for each of the 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 fiscal years. We negotiated these amounts as compensation for the late implementation of the 2014 collective agreements.

Further, current and former members whose annual salary is under $78,264 ($300/day) will be eligible for another top-up payment to their Phoenix compensation for each fiscal year that you were part of the union (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20).

This payment is associated with the 5 days of leave that were already received as general compensation for Phoenix. You can get as many top-up payments as you did days of leave for Phoenix. The amount of the top-up payment is equal to the difference between $300 and your daily rate of pay, which may be different for each of the fiscal years. The payment will only apply if the difference is more than $10.

It is unclear when these payments will be processed. Current members that meet the eligibility criteria do not need to take any further action to request the payment. Former (retired) members will need to submit a claim to receive the payment; the form will be available in December 2021.

This is great news for PIPSC members, past and present, who have been hit hard with pay issues due to Phoenix. Whether or not your pay was directly impacted, the stress of a failed pay system has weighed hard on your professional life. The backlog of Phoenix cases at the pay centre remains an important concern for our members.

Our Phoenix help team is here to help you address your pay issues, have your out-of-pocket expenses related to Phoenix reimbursed, and get compensation for lost financial income and investment revenues as well as for any severe personal or financial impacts due to Phoenix. We encourage you to submit a claim if you’ve been affected by Phoenix.