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  • Jonathan Choquette | Customs and Immigration Union | Page 7
    The PSAC and CIU are calling for a day of action at locations across the country on Thursday October 10th We want CBSA Treasury Board to return to the bargaining table and agree to a fair contract They have negotiated in good faith and reached fair agreements with other Public Safety workers such as Parole Officers and Corrections Workers We deserve nothing less Stay tuned Activities and locations will be announced soon In the meantime if you have any questions please contact your Shop Steward or Branch President This entry was posted on September 17 2013 by Jonathan Choquette Forced vote dates confirmed for FB group We have now received confirmation from the Public Service Labour Relations Board PSLRB on dates for the forced vote for the FB group Voters packages will be sent out starting August 7th Members will have a chance to cast their ballot electronically starting August 15 2013 The voting will be open for a three week period August 15 2013 at 9 00 a m EDT to September 5 2013 at 9 00 a m EDT This entry was posted on August 1 2013 by Jonathan Choquette Treasury Board Signs Agreement with Corrections Workers TREASURY BOARD HIDES DETAILS OF SETTLEMENT UNTIL AUGUST 16TH After more than three years without a new collective agreement Correctional Services workers CX reached a negotiated settlement with Treasury Board Details of the settlement are kept secret by both parties because Treasury Board insisted as part of the agreement that the details not be released until 5 PM August 16th 2013 To date the FB group is the only one facing a forced vote on a Treasury Board final offer Imposing a vote on an offer that has not been agreed to by a union s elected bargaining team has never happened in the history of Federal Public Service We have now received confirmation from the Public Service Labour Relations Board that voting on the employer s final offer will take place over the following three week period August 15 2013 at 9 00 a m EDT to September 5 2013 at 9 00 a m EDT This entry was posted on July 31 2013 by Jonathan Choquette PSAC National President Puts CBSA On Notice Over Employer Communication CBSA TREASURY BOARD COMMUNICATION TO EMPLOYEES CONTAINS MISLEADING AND INACCURATE INFORMATION On Friday July 5th CBSA and Treasury Board contacted employees in the FB bargaining unit with information concerning the employer offer that the government is submitting to a forced vote The information posted by the employer contains a number of misleading inaccuracies For example The employer s communication states that the Public Interest Commission PIC recommended NIL in respect to the Bereavement Leave and Family Related Responsibility Leave improvements proposed by PSAC This is not accurate as the recommendation does speak to the improvements proposed by the PSAC The employer s communication states that the PIC did not recommend the lump sum arming payment being proposed by the employer for some employees What management s communication does not state is that the lump sum payment was never proposed to the PIC by the employer and therefore it cannot be included in the recommendation The employer s communication states that the PIC recommended no change with respect to seniority This is not accurate The PIC recommendation provides for seniority to determine line selection for all employees covered by a VSSA and for vacation scheduling for all employees in the bargaining unit The employer s communication also speaks to the potential for the forced vote on management s offer to take place during a strike There is no strike imminent In fact our essential services agreements have yet to be resolved a vote by the membership has not taken place nor is any vote being considered at this stage in the process Both essential services agreements and a vote of the membership are required before a strike could be considered In response PSAC National President has put CBSA President Luc Portelance on notice Misleading and inaccurate information is unacceptable and is a violation of labour law If it is not taken down the PSAC will be taking legal action For a copy of President Benson s letter or for more information go to http bit ly 18k9q0g This entry was posted on July 15 2013 by Jonathan Choquette Top 10 reasons to vote NO On June 7 2013 the Minister of Heritage James Moore ordered that a vote on the employer s final offer be imposed on the FB bargaining unit Here are the top 10 reasons to vote no 1 DANGEROUS PRECEDENT We must reject CBSA and Treasury Board s heavy handedness and complete disrespect for the collective bargaining process To do otherwise would set a very dangerous precedent 2 RESPECT PRIDE We must take a stand and tell our employer that comparing our work to Security Guards is wrong The Public Interest Commission PIC recommendation recognizes the important work that we do as law enforcement agency employees We should be treated accordingly 3 NON UNIFORMED The Employer s final offer does not address issues that we ve raised concerning non uniformed workers 4 PROTECTION Unlike the PIC recommendation CBSA s latest final offer does not provide the same protections for employees being armed as those agreed to at the last round of negotiations 5 PARITY In terms of salary increases many other groups in the federal public service including Parole Officers who work in the same department as we do have been given more than what is in the CBSA offer 6 WE DESERVE BETTER In terms of salary increases no other bargaining unit in the federal public service has received less than what s contained in CBSA s final offer 7 PART TIMERS The Employer s final offer does not address issues that we ve raised concerning parttime workers even though the PIC recommendation includes new rights for part timers 8 MEAL PERIOD The CBSA s final offer does not provide

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  • National OfficeCustoms and Immigration Union | Page 7
    services CIU appears before the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence 24 March On March 24 2014 Brother Jean Pierre Fortin National President appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence Participation in the 2014 National Convention 18 March We are fast approaching our Seventeenth National Convention The National Convention which is the supreme governing body of our Union is held once every three years and provides an opportunity for all CIU members to become involved in the operation and future of their Union New FB contract signed 18 March New Agreement is Now in Effect Today we signed our new agreement with Treasury Board As a result the tentative agreement ratified in mid December is now in effect Convention Call CIU s 17th National Convention 13 March The 2014 National Convention of the Customs and Immigration Union will be held October 3 4 and 5 2014 at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel 100 Kent Street Ottawa Ontario K1P 5R7 Confirmed date for the signing of the FB agreement 5 March This week our PSAC Negotiator received final confirmation from Treasury Board that the signing of the FB agreement will take place on March 17th at 11 00 a m in Ottawa PA TC and EB groups served notice to bargain by Treasury Board 3 March One week after the election of PSAC s Treasury Board bargaining teams the union was served with a notice to bargain for the PA TC and EB bargaining units Grievance on First Aid Allowance 24 February The Customs and Immigration Union CIU recommends that members grieve the Canada Border Services Agency CBSA decision to limit the payment of the National Joint Council NJC First Aid Allowance CIU is advocating that members who meet the eligibility criteria grieve CIU officers from across

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  • Customs and Immigration Union | The voice of over 10,000 Canadians working to protect our country | Page 9
    about the implications of PAFSO job action for members of the EC CO LA PM AS FB bargaining unit RECENT DEVELOPMENTS As you may FAQ PSLRB notice on the forced vote process 28 June On June 7 2013 the Minister of Heritage James Moore ordered that a vote on the employer s final offer be imposed on the FB bargaining unit You will be seeing notices of the vote in your workplaces WHO ADMINISTERS THE VOTE The Public Service Labour Relations Board is responsible for administering the vote That means FB bargaining team and CIU leadership call on co workers to vote NO to final offer 11 June On Wednesday June 5ththe Public Interest Commission released its recommendation concerning our negotiations with CBSA Treasury Board Early the morning of Friday the 7ththe FB Bargaining Team issued a statement reiterating that the union is ready to negotiate Later that same day the PSAC was notified that at CBSA and Treasury Board s request the government is Statement from FB Bargaining Team Concerning PIC Recommendation 7 June On Wednesday June 5th we received the Public Interest Commission PIC recommendation concerning our contract dispute with Treasury Board CBSA The PIC recommendation is non binding It is intended to guide the parties in negotiations and help provide an avenue for the parties to make progress towards an agreement A copy of the PIC s recommendation can be We Deserve Much Better 7 May Last week CBSA and Treasury Board attempted to bypass the collective bargaining process by dropping off an offer via envelope at the PSAC office in Ottawa on Monday and by communicating certain elements of the offer to union members that night PSAC responded by stating clearly that all discussion regarding negotiations and offers must happen Message to PSAC CIU Members at

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  • Jonathan Choquette | Customs and Immigration Union | Page 8
    regarding negotiations and offers must happen first and foremost at the bargaining table with our elected negotiating team On Thursday Treasury Board consented to returning to the table and on Monday our Team met with representatives for CBSA and Treasury Board Management did not have their full bargaining team present We met with them until well after midnight on Tuesday morning At the table management reviewed its initial final offer with us After discussion over the course of the day and into the night the employer made modifications to its offer To view a complete copy of the employer s offer go to http www psac afpc org documents bargaining fb employer offer may6 2013 en pdf Treasury Board CBSA s offer includes the end of severance for the purposes of voluntary termination the elimination of the Telework Committee appendix agreed to for Trade Compliance employees and a new appendix concerning the arming initiative that removes employee protections agreed to in the last round of bargaining and effectively removes any serious consultation between the union and employer concerning selection of employees for firearm training In tandem with this the government has increased our out of pocket contributions to our pension plan while other federal enforcement workers are afforded a superior 25 and out pension scheme employees hired as of January 1 will now have to work longer to access pension benefits CBSA is in the process of cutting 1 300 positions has begun replacing officers at airports with machines and has refused to agree to reintroduce telework practices for Trade Compliance employees CBSA has imposed name tags on uniformed officers despite the health and safety concerns raised by the union In exchange for all of this Treasury Board CBSA are offering a 1 75 increase in 2011 1 5 in 2012 and a 2 increase in 2013 There is a one time lump sum payment of 2000 00 for those employees with firearm certification and who work in positions requiring the use of a duty firearm for the performance of their duties or who meet these criteria by 2016 There are improvements to bereavement and family related leave that reflect what was agreed to for other groups The offer expands seniority rights While the expansion of seniority rights represents progress the fact is that this offer does very little to bring us closer to the terms and conditions of employment of employees working for other federal law enforcement agencies There is nothing in the employer s offer that provides for a paid meal period or pension reform consistent with what is provided Corrections workers and the RCMP What s more many other groups that have reached settlement with the Treasury Board have seen improvements beyond the wage pattern contained in this offer For example Parole Officers received a new increment worth 5 5 in their settlement Firefighters an increase worth 4 75 both on top of the wage increases contained in the offer made to the FB group With respect wages while many have received more no group has received less than the wage increases contained in CBSA Treasury Board s offer for us Also issues specific to nonuniformed employees such as telework and clothing allowance remain unaddressed Treasury Board s contract offer does not contain language addressing issues related to part time employees We do not have a recommendation yet from the Public Interest Commission Our Essential Services Agreements are not yet finalized The offer presented by CBSA Treasury Board on Monday is inferior to a number of other settlements reached in the federal public service and removes some of the protections agreed to in the last round of bargaining Given these facts our National Bargaining Team after having consulted with the CIU Executive and CIU National Board of Directors last week unanimously indicated on Monday night that we are prepared to negotiate but that we are not prepared to accept Treasury Board s current offer Over the coming days additional information will be posted on the PSAC and CIU websites and general membership meetings are being scheduled across the country We will be sure to update as things progress This entry was posted on May 7 2013 by Jonathan Choquette Message to PSAC CIU Members at CBSA Regarding Employer Offer Update May 3rd 2013 Our FB bargaining team will be meeting Treasury Board CBSA s bargaining team in Ottawa on Monday We will be sure to update as things progress Be sure to check the FB Bargaining section regularly for updates Update May 1st 2013 Our FB Bargaining Team has contacted Treasury Board and has proposed that the negotiating teams be reconvened at the bargaining table next week to review and discuss Treasury Board s offer for the FB group We ll be sure to update as things progress This past Friday Treasury Board contacted our union and indicated that it had an offer for settlement that it wished to present Both PSAC and CIU indicated that offers should be made at the bargaining table with the parties negotiating teams and that the union was prepared to set dates to meet and hear what CBSA Treasury Board had to say Treasury Board responded to this invitation to set dates and return to the bargaining table by dropping off its offer in an envelope at the PSAC office in Ottawa on Monday afternoon and contacting the union membership directly with highlights of its offer on Monday night We believe that this may constitute bargaining in bad faith and are consulting our legal counsel to determine next steps In the interim our bargaining team will again be contacting management to set dates to meet and review CBSA Treasury Board s offer Of course the highlights contained in CBSA s communications do not tell the whole story about the contents of the offer To provide but one example it would appear that unlike our current agreement any protections provided in the context of the arming initiative are to be subject to

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  • National OfficeCustoms and Immigration Union | Page 8
    of the tentative agreement with Treasury Board Tentative FB Agreement Reached with Treasury Board 22 October 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 Parties to return to the FB bargaining table on Monday 17 October FB workers assist Bargaining Team in getting their message across on October 10th Day of Action Last week s bargaining session ended with CBSA Treasury Board taking the position that workers in the FB bargaining unit deserve less than what has been agreed to for other federal law enforcement agency employees The following day members in locations Two Days of Contract Talks No Contract Today is our Day of Action 10 October WHY NOT US Bargaining Team spends two days round the clock in meetings with management only to be told at 5 am Thursday that we deserve less For two and a half years we have gone without a new contract During that time Treasury Board has negotiated with and reached settlements with all other Treasury FB Contract Talks to Resume Next Week 2 October Treasury Board CBSA prepared to reconvene with our Bargaining Team in Ottawa For months our Negotiating Team has indicated that we are ready to negotiate We reiterated this again after the Government s forced vote was thrown out by the federal court last month We have also indicated that we seek a fair contract comparable to what FB Day of Action October 10th 17 September We deserve a fair contract Now Over the last several months

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  • Customs and Immigration Union | The voice of over 10,000 Canadians working to protect our country | Page 10
    December FB Bargaining made our submissions before a Public Interest Commission at the Labour Board in Ottawa on December 10th As per the Public Service Labour Relations Act our FB Bargaining Team filed for conciliation earlier this year when it became clear that the employer was not prepared to seriously address our issues including parity with Officer shooting in British Columbia Update from the National President 18 October CIU National President Jean Pierre Fortin accompanied by BC Southern Branch President Dan Sullivan has returned to Ottawa following a trip to British Columbia yesterday for a special meeting with members He assured the full support of the National Union to Sister Lori Bowcock who was injured in the shooting and to all members assigned to Customs and Immigration Union Statement on Officer shooting in British Columbia 17 October Yesterday afternoon a member of the Customs and Immigration Union who was working as a Front line Border Services Officer was shot and seriously injured while performing her duties at the Douglas port of entry in British Columbia Jean Pierre Fortin National President of the Customs and Immigration Union offered the support of the entire CIU membership Conciliation and Public Interest Commission Dates Set 26 September Public Service Labour Relations Board has set dates for November and December As per the Public Service Labour Relations Act our FB Bargaining Team filed for conciliation earlier this year when it became clear that the employer was not prepared to seriously address our issues including those concerning parity with other federal enforcement workers In Unions say Canadians have a right to know how public safety is being compromised by federal government cuts 21 August Unions representing workers in Canadian prisons at the borders in the federal justice system and serving veterans say the federal government has

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  • Jonathan Choquette | Customs and Immigration Union | Page 9
    more frustrated by the intransigence that is being shown by CBSA and the government As we have said from the beginning of this process we are determined to achieve a fair contract for PSAC CIU members at CBSA This entry was posted on September 26 2012 by Jonathan Choquette Unions say Canadians have a right to know how public safety is being compromised by federal government cuts Unions representing workers in Canadian prisons at the borders in the federal justice system and serving veterans say the federal government has some explaining and listening to do when it comes to how cuts are putting public safety at risk The leaders of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers UCCO SACC CSN the Union of Solicitor General Employees USGE the Customs and Immigration Union CIU the Union of Veterans Affairs Employees UVAE and the Association des membres de la Police Montée du Québec AMPMQ which together represent more than 33 000 workers in the field of public safety are teaming up to organize a forum on public safety in Ottawa this fall Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has declined an invitation to attend In the face of so little information from the government we feel it is our responsibility to share what we are learning said UCCO SACC CSN president Pierre Mallette whose members serve as correctional officers in federal penitentiaries across the country It is unfortunate that the minister chose not to consult us before imposing these cuts Now we hope he ll at least listen to our concerns about what they will mean he added USGE president John Edmunds says that because of the cuts parole officers working in federal penitentiaries who are already stretched beyond capacity now have to take on even bigger caseloads In maximum security institutions for example caseloads have increased from 25 to 30 offenders for each parole officer This makes no sense and will inevitably put our members and community safety at risk he said Mallette says his members and the public are at risk because of cuts that will leave federal penitentiaries even more overcrowded We know from experience that when prison living conditions are deteriorating we no longer fulfill our rehabilitation mandate said Pierre Mallette That s when we see a revolving door syndrome in federal prisons the inmates leave the prison go on committing other crimes and go right back in said Mallette We fear that the federal government cuts will only make this situation worse At the borders we are seeing big cuts to intelligence work including sections such as the money laundering unit What we don t know is how the government plans to make up for this said CIU president Jean Pierre Fortin When it comes to gun control illegal drugs and national security the border is Canada s first line of defence said Fortin How can the federal government possibly defend decisions to cut back on intelligence work at the borders given the recent shooting sprees in Toronto and

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  • National OfficeCustoms and Immigration Union | Page 9
    their members and inform other unions about the implications of PAFSO job action for members of the EC CO LA PM AS FB bargaining unit RECENT DEVELOPMENTS As you may FAQ PSLRB notice on the forced vote process 28 June On June 7 2013 the Minister of Heritage James Moore ordered that a vote on the employer s final offer be imposed on the FB bargaining unit You will be seeing notices of the vote in your workplaces WHO ADMINISTERS THE VOTE The Public Service Labour Relations Board is responsible for administering the vote That means FB bargaining team and CIU leadership call on co workers to vote NO to final offer 11 June On Wednesday June 5ththe Public Interest Commission released its recommendation concerning our negotiations with CBSA Treasury Board Early the morning of Friday the 7ththe FB Bargaining Team issued a statement reiterating that the union is ready to negotiate Later that same day the PSAC was notified that at CBSA and Treasury Board s request the government is Statement from FB Bargaining Team Concerning PIC Recommendation 7 June On Wednesday June 5th we received the Public Interest Commission PIC recommendation concerning our contract dispute with Treasury Board CBSA The PIC recommendation is non binding It is intended to guide the parties in negotiations and help provide an avenue for the parties to make progress towards an agreement A copy of the PIC s recommendation can be We Deserve Much Better 7 May Last week CBSA and Treasury Board attempted to bypass the collective bargaining process by dropping off an offer via envelope at the PSAC office in Ottawa on Monday and by communicating certain elements of the offer to union members that night PSAC responded by stating clearly that all discussion regarding negotiations and offers must happen

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