MONTREAL, Sept. 11, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - By a combined percentage of 90%, correctional officers working in 52 federal penitentiaries have voted to ratify a collective agreement with the Treasury Board of Canada, as well as a Global Agreement with the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).
During a series of general assemblies that began August 20 and wrapped up Tuesday evening, members of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN) voted 3734 to 396 to accept the two agreements, reached July 23 and March 26, respectively.
The new collective agreement will implement salary increases averaging 9.5% over a four-year contract, as well as a number of other improvements to overtime, occupational safety and compensation for statutory holidays. The previous collective agreement expired May 31, 2010, meaning the current agreement will be up for renegotiation after May 31, 2014.
"On behalf of the UCCO-SACC-CSN national executive, I thank our membership for its strong support of the union's negotiating team," said National President Kevin Grabowsky. "After three years of negotiations, our members only became more determined not to be placed in a 'one-size-fits-all' box by Treasury Board negotiators."
The new collective agreement, and the Global Agreement negotiated directly with CSC to cover operational matters, will take effect after a signing ceremony October 15 in Ottawa.
SOURCE: UNION OF CANADIAN CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS (UCCO-SACC-CSN)
For further information:
Lyle Stewart, CSN communications, 514 796-2066