Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

October 16, 2008 14:26 ET

PISPC: Institute Wins Bad Faith Bargaining Complaint Against CFIA

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2008) - The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PISPC) has won a complaint filed with the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) was not bargaining in good faith as required under Section 106 of the Public Service Labour Relations Act.

Comments Michele Demers, PIPSC President, "This round of bargaining has been a long and difficult process. We hope that this decision will convince the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to build a better relationship with the union and its members at CFIA. It's time to proceed with meaningful bargaining so that these employees can get the improvements to pay and terms of work they deserve."

The PSLRB found that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency "failed to comply with Section 106 of the Act by not making every reasonable effort to enter into a collective agreement." In particular, it cited the Agency's delay in releasing necessary data to the union, its cancelling bargaining sessions, and using scheduled bargaining meetings to prepare. The complaint, affecting negotiations with the Institute's Scientific and Analytical Bargaining Unit, was heard in August 2008 and in a decision released October 3, 2008, the PSLRB found that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency "failed to comply with Section 106 of the Act by not making every reasonable effort to enter into a collective agreement."

For the complete decision visit http://www.pslrb-crtfp.gc.ca

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents 55,000 professionals and scientists of whom 1,800 work at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Contact Information

  • Chantal Lecours
    613-228-6310 , extension 2229 or 613-864-4368 (cell)