Collective Bargaining

Congratulations to our bargaining teams for their hard work and success over a very long and difficult round of bargaining! When we first started this process, the outlook was grim. Today, we have a lot to celebrate. Approximately two-thirds of our members are now, or are on the verge of being, covered by a signed collective agreement. We are now focusing our efforts on reaching deals for our remaining Groups and members.

  • Some key accomplishments that affect tens of thousands of PIPSC members were realized over the course of this round of bargaining. They include:
  • A Memorandum of Understanding with the Treasury Board on the critical issue of employee wellness and the protection of sick leave.
  • In a historic, precedent-setting victory, we successfully negotiated protections against the “muzzling” of Canada’s federal scientists. Research (RE) and Applied Science and Patent Examination (SP) Group collective agreements will now enshrine our members’ right to speak freely about science and their research.
  • Our bargaining teams were able to obtain additional market adjustment increases for thousands of PIPSC members, though we realize that many remain disappointed with the limited progress on monetary issues. Public service professionals deserve better pay and we will continue to press the Employer in this regard during the next round of negotiations.

Significant improvements were achieved on the issue of contracting out the work of government IT professionals.

You can find the latest information on your collective agreement or on the bargaining status for your Group by visiting its web page and by consulting your Group’s most recent bargaining updates below.


Latest Bargaining Updates

15 February 2018
Dear RO/RCO colleagues, Since we wrote to you in December after our last negotiations with NRC management, your RO/RCO group bargaining team has been busy preparing for the next bargaining sessions scheduled for February 20-22, 2018 at the PIPSC office in Ottawa.
15 February 2018
As we communicated in our last update, the employer’s ratification process has become more complicated with the previous government’s introduction of Bill C-45. We’d like to explain the employer’s new ratification process in more detail so that everyone understands this long and frustrating process.
7 February 2018
Further to our last bargaining update, we would like to inform you that Mr. Dan Butler has been chosen as the conciliator and the hearing date has been set as March 29, 2018.
26 January 2018
On September 23rd, we signed a tentative agreement with CRA for a new collective agreement for the December 22, 2014 to December 21, 2018 period.
22 January 2018
Due to logistical issues, we will not be returning to the bargaining table January 9-10, 2018. We are now scheduled to return to the bargaining table, on yet confirmed days, in February 2018. We will keep you informed of further developments. Your Bargaining Team
22 January 2018
Your Bargaining Team met with the CFIA on December 19-21, 2017 and January 16-19, 2018, with some sessions lasting past midnight in order to push for a fair deal.
19 January 2018
Following the signing of the new collective agreement on December 1, 2017, the Institute has just been advised that Public Works has updated the salary scales for the IS/LS/TR groups on January 8th, 2018.
18 January 2018
The parties met in Beausejour, MB on January 9, 10 and 11, 2018. Additional dates are scheduled for January 30, 31 and February 1, 2018 and also February 6, 7 and 8, 2018, once again in Beausejour.