Collective Bargaining Update
Your Treasury Board negotiating team and the employer met for three days of bargaining from January 20 to 22. Some administrative clauses and other minor issues were signed off. Other elements of the contract were explained and the employer agreed to drop one of their proposals. Although discussed in some detail, no decisions were made on the key issue: sick leave.
The employer’s position on sick leave has shifted since we last met in September but the parties are still very far apart. The employer shifted their demands by increasing the amount of coverage during periods of short-term disability (from 4 weeks at 100% to 6 weeks) and increased the number of available sick-days from six to eight. In theory this is an improvement but comes nowhere near meeting the legitimate needs of our members. Moreover, the employer has yet to respond to our proposal for comprehensive language on sick leave and short-term disability. Future bargaining sessions are being discussed and will be scheduled in due course.
Daniel J Boulet
Business Manager / Financial Secretary