PSAC members ratify new pact with Canada Revenue Agency



    OTTAWA, Nov. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - A strong majority of Public Service
Alliance of Canada (PSAC) members have voted in favour of accepting a
tentative agreement with the Canada Revenue Agency. The settlement had been
negotiated before the expiry date of the old agreement, a remarkable
achievement in the federal public sector.
    "While we achieved an agreement in record time, we did not sacrifice
important demands in the process," says PSAC national president John Gordon.
"Significant gains were made in wages, job security for term workers and
improved benefits for part-time workers."
    According to Betty Bannon, national president of the Union of Taxation
Employees (UTE) component of the PSAC, members have been impressed with the
speed of the negotiations. "We achieved a goal the union set when the Agency
was first formed, to eventually be able to negotiate a new agreement before
the old one had expired."
    This agreement sees the conversion of former classifications in the
bargaining unit to a new Agency classification standard. While the amounts
will vary by individual, the average increase as a result of the conversion is
1.67%. After the salaries are converted to the new standard effective
November 1, the workers will also receive an economic increase of 2.5%.
Further wage increases during the life of the contract are 2.5% effective
November 1, 2008 and 2.5% effective November 1, 2009.
    Over 400 term workers will immediately see a change in their status as a
result of a change in the Agency's term employment policy. Effective November
1, 2007 term workers who have accumulated five years of service, without a
break of 30 days or more anytime during the accumulation of this service, will
automatically become indeterminate.
    Part-time workers will now enjoy enhanced benefits including improved
overtime provisions. Overall, there are also improvements to personal and
bereavement leaves and some improvement in vacation leave.
    PSAC served notice to bargain and exchanged bargaining demands with the
CRA at the beginning of July. The union was able to reach a tentative
agreement by conducting intensive negotiations over a total period of just
under 20 days.

    PSAC represents 26,000 workers at CRA. The new agreement, which will
expire on October 31, 2010, is being signed on December 3.




For further information:

For further information: John Gordon, PSAC national president, (613)
222-4617; Betty Bannon, UTE national president, (613) 266-5956


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