UCTE Secures Gains for Canadian Public Service Workers through Ratification of Bargaining Agreements

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The Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE), a component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), is pleased to announce the successful ratification of our tentative agreements by our members working for Treasury Board. This momentous achievement follows one of the largest strikes in Canadian history, where UCTE members played a vital role. The recently ratified collective agreements, covering the period from 2021 to 2024, bring forth significant improvements in wages, remote work provisions, job security, and workplace inclusivity.

Closing the Wage Gap: UCTE’s Achievement

The UCTE has secured fair wage increases totalling 12.6% over the four years, ensuring that our members do not fall behind inflation. These wage increases stand as the highest achieved by any Treasury Board bargaining agent to date, surpassing the recommendations of the Public Interest Commission and the employer’s initial offer. We have successfully protected our members’ interests by including a fourth year in the agreement, safeguarding against future inflationary pressures.

Pensionable Lump Sum Payment: Recognizing Contributions

In addition to wage increases, UCTE negotiated a significant victory by securing a one-time pensionable lump sum payment of $2,500. This payment serves as recognition for the valuable contributions made by our dedicated members in the Treasury Board bargaining unit, providing them with well-deserved financial relief.

Advancements in Remote Work: UCTE Paves the Way

Acknowledging the growing importance of remote work, UCTE has been at the forefront of securing groundbreaking provisions in the collective agreements. The negotiated language ensures that remote work requests will be assessed case-by-case, safeguarding our members’ rights and preventing a one-size-fits-all approach. Managers will be accountable for equitable decision-making through written responses and grievance processes. We are pleased to announce the establishment of a joint union-management panel, which will review and update the outdated telework policy, fostering ongoing improvements in remote work arrangements.

Safer and More Inclusive Workplaces: UCTE’s Commitment

UCTE remains committed to creating safer and more inclusive workplaces. Through the collective agreements, we have successfully established a joint committee with the employer to review existing training courses on employment equity, diversity, and inclusion. This initiative ensures that our members have comprehensive knowledge of available training opportunities, fostering a more inclusive work environment.

Job Security and Contracting Out: UCTE Protects Our Members

UCTE has negotiated language to safeguard job security during layoffs, ensuring that our members will retain their positions if they can perform the duties of a contractor already working with the federal government. This proactive approach protects public service jobs and reduces contracting out. We have also partnered with the employer to submit a joint proposal advocating for the inclusion of seniority rights in the Workforce Adjustment process, further strengthening job security.

The successful ratification of the bargaining agreements between UCTE and the Treasury Board marks a significant milestone for Canadian public service workers. Our collective efforts have secured fair wage increases, advancements in remote work provisions, and improved job security and workplace inclusivity. These agreements ensure a more equitable and supportive work environment for our members. UCTE takes pride in setting a benchmark for labour relations, championing the rights and well-being of public service employees countrywide.

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