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FB Ratification Highlights

October 22, 2013

We Have an Agreement

Tentative FB Agreement Reached with Treasury Board 

 (Vote schedule) 

After two years and eight months of negotiations, four final offers, petition drives,

picketing, a final offer forced vote thrown out by court challenge, the filing of unfair

labour practice complaints and a final, round-the-clock 28-hour bargaining session,

our Bargaining Team reached an agreement with Treasury Board/CBSA at 11:00 am

the morning of Tuesday October 22. Our FB Bargaining Team unanimously

recommends ratification of our new agreement.


The Tentative Agreement signed Tuesday morning contains significant

improvements to our collective agreement, a testament to the fortitude and

solidarity of PSAC/CIU membership at CBSA.

Our Three-Year Agreement Includes:

Annual Increases for all employees of:

- 1.75% June 21, 2011

- 1.5% June 21, 2012

- 2.0 % June 21, 2013

As part of the settlement, all uniformed officers (including Inland Enforcement,

Criminal Investigations and Regional Intelligence Officers) will receive an

annual allowance of one-thousand, seven hundred and fifty dollars beginning

June 21, 2013, on top of the negotiated annual wage increases.

All non-uniformed officers are to receive an annual allowance of onethousand,

two hundred and fifty dollars on top of the negotiated annual

increases beginning June 21, 2013, plus a lump-sum one-time payment of

five-hundred dollars at the date of signing.

This means that all employees in the FB bargaining unit shall receive

one-thousand, seven hundred and fifty dollars in 2013, on top of annual

wage increases.

Seniority shall now be recognized for all shift workers, working under both

VSSA and non-VSSA schedules.

Seniority shall now be recognized for all workers – both shift and non-shift

worker – for the purposes of vacation scheduling.

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Protections in the context of the arming initiative, including an obligation on

the part of the employer to make every reasonable effort to find placement

opportunity for employees not hired with firearms as a condition of

employment that are unsuccessful on firearm certification, as well as new

joint union-management committees to discuss firearm participant selection

and placement.

Bereavement leave shall now be seven consecutive days instead of five.

Employees may now use a maximum of 7.5 hours of Family-Related

Responsibility Leave for school functions, legal appointments and emergency

child care.

Consistent with all other Treasury Board settlements, this tentative agreement

includes the deletion of the severance provisions for employees who quit or

retire. Under the new tentative agreement, severance will still be paid if you

are laid off but would otherwise no longer accumulate. Any monies currently

owing to you under the existing severance provisions would be paid out or

may be banked for future use. Employees shall continue to accumulate

severance until the official signing of the collective agreement. No other

Treasury Board group held out as long as the FB Bargaining team did to

maintain our severance benefit, or to get something in exchange, which

we did.

This agreement is consistent with settlements reached by other federal law

enforcement workers and maintains the wage parity that we achieved in the previous

round of negotiations. It is an agreement that was hard fought and the product of the

solidarity of PSAC/CIU members working at CBSA from coast to coast to coast. In

terms of compensation, scheduling rights and arming protections, this

agreement is dramatically better than the final offer submitted to our team in

the spring and that the government attempted to force a vote on this past


Our Bargaining Team unanimously recommends ratification of our new


For more information about our new contract contact your Branch President, a

member of our Bargaining Team or go to http:www.psac.com. A full explanation of

the new agreement, and a copy of the new language, will be provided at ratification



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