January 30, 2013
SSO Delays Arbitration Process with Objections
Labour Board Dates Scheduled for March to Deal with Management's Objections
This past fall our PSAC Bargaining Teams for both Regional Offices and Field Interviewers filed for arbitration when management made clear in negotiations that it was not prepared to agree to the same rights and protections that have been agreed to by other federal employers, from seniority rights to pension protections to the provision of equipment and clothing necessary to perform Field Interviewers duties.
However, once we filed for arbitration to resolve our dispute, SSO filed almost 20 pages of objections, claiming that many of the issues that we are pushing to achieve in negotiations cannot be addressed in arbitration. This despite the fact that the vast majority of our proposals are modeled on what already exists elsewhere in the federal public sector. In response, the Labour Board has set hearing dates for the end of March to address SSO's jurisdictional objections. This delays the process as the Labour Board cannot address the problems that we raised in negotiations - such as wages and scheduling rights – until after it has held hearings to deal with SSO's jurisdictional objections.
We will challenge management's objections. We will fight to have the issues that we've raised in bargaining addressed. SSO would be better served in returning to the bargaining table and addressing our issues rather than filing objections and delaying the final outcome of negotiations.
We'll be sure to update as things progress. If you have any questions, follow up with your Shop Steward or a member of our Bargaining Team. Be sure to consult our website for current and previous updates at www.psac.com.
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Date Modified : 2013/01/31