IBEW and other bargaining agents have concluded negotiations with the Treasury Board Secretariat regarding 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.
The full MOU can be seen here.
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 members will need to submit a claim to receive the payment; the form will be available in the coming weeks.
It is important to note that the damages referenced in the MOU regarding the late implementation of the 2014 Collective Agreements DO NOT APPLY to our bargaining unit as we did not have a late implementation of our agreement.
This is great news for IBEW 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. We encourage you to submit a claim if you have been affected by Phoenix.