The deeming of RCMP civilian members (CMs) has been delayed, but PSAC and USJE are still working hard to ensure CMs receive the full benefits of union membership until they officially join the federal public service.
In December, the Public Service Alliance of Canada filed applications pursuant to Section 58 of the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act to place RCMP CMs into PSAC bargaining units and offer them all the protections of their respective collective agreements.
The Treasury Board agreed to the application in principle on January 15, moving RCMP CMs one step closer to being placed into PSAC bargaining units and receiving the benefits of union representation.
We’re also engaging the federal government for RCMP civilian members’ existing benefits – which are superior to the public service – to be guaranteed until PSAC can negotiate those improvements into new collective agreements.
That would mean a complete freeze on the terms and conditions of employment.
The delay in the deeming process has caused uncertainty for many CMs, and it is in these tumultuous times that the protection of union representation is most important.
No Phoenix for CMs
We also continue to advocate for CMs to be excluded from the Phoenix pay system altogether. Ensuring RCMP CMs remain paid accurately and on time is our greatest priority.
Training and bargaining input to continue
In early January, RCMP civilian members from across the country joined together with their colleagues for a two-day training seminar to learn about how the union and collective bargaining work and share their personal experiences.
We’ve also received great feedback from RCMP CMs who filled out our survey on bargaining input for the next round of collective bargaining, and further input was gathered at the training session.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please continue to send your questions about deeming to CM-INFO-MC@psac-afpc.com.