On May 27th, 2010, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), as our Bargaining Agent, filed a policy grievance against the RCMP, pursuant to Section 220 of the Public Service Labour Relations Act (PSLRA).
The grievance is the next step to attempt to stop the RCMP from their plan to not retroactively pay former incumbents of reclassified positions. This decision is based on a Treasury Board interpretation that stated that only current incumbents would receive any kind of retro pay.
The USGE and the PSAC believes this is a clear violation of collective agreement articles, specifically the Pay Administration article. Most affected are positions that are being or have been upwardly reclassified under the Detachment Assistant (DA) Review.
The USGE and the PSAC are stating that the RCMP is at fault for not paying retroactive pay to all former incumbents of positions that have been reclassified under the DA Review. The corrective action sought through the policy grievance is a declaration that the Employer has contravened the collective agreement; it requests that the RCMP be required to notify all former incumbents of their right to receive this retro pay and notify inform the PSAC of the names of any such former incumbents contacted by the RCMP. Finally, the policy grievance also seeks an order that the Employer comply with the Collective Agreement and, in so doing, address any and all of the individual impacts of its contravention.
We are in the beginning stages of this battle for equity and fairness. We will continue to post updates as they become available.