Official Signing of CRPEG Collective Agreement (2021–2023)

The CRPEG Collective Agreement for 2021 January 01 – 2023 December 31 was officially signed in a ceremony held at CRL on 2022 September 06 afternoon.

We have uploaded the unsigned version under the Collective Agreement page. A fully signed version, when ready, will be uploaded on that page as well as on the PIPSC website and on myCNL under the “Employee Relations” section.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the PIPSC bargaining team for their dedication and their continuous support throughout this process, especially:

  • Denise Doherty-Delorme, PIPSC Negotiator
  • Josianne Drouin, PIPSC Labour Relations Associate
  • John Anderson, PIPSC Senior Research Officer
  • Jennifer Carr, PIPSC President

Our special thanks to CRPEG bargaining committee members and most of all we would like to thank CRPEG members for their continuous support.

The bargaining teams signing the CRPEG collective agreement
CNL and CRPEG sign a new collective agreement for 2021 January 1 to 2023 December 31.

CRPEG Bargaining Update # 14. Ratification Package and In-person Meeting.

A tentative agreement was reached on March 9, 2022. Your Bargaining Team is remaining neutral on the ratification, neither to accept nor to reject the tentative agreement. 

It is important that you take the time to review everything prior to voting and prior to asking questions to the Bargaining Team. You will find all the information here

Should you require more information, the details will be presented:

  • At an in-person meeting at the Lion’s Hall on March 21. Doors will open at 5:45 PM. The presentation will start at 6:00 PM and will be simultaneously broadcasted through Zoom. There will be a questions and answers session. RSVP for in-person or Zoom.
  • At a second virtual-only meeting on March 22 at 5:30 PM through Zoom. There will be a questions and answers session. RSVP for Zoom.

If you are planning to attend the in-person meeting at the Lion’s Hall, please RSVP by Friday, March 18 at 3:00 PM as there is limited space. Based on the RSVPs, pizza and drinks will be provided.

All members will receive voting instructions and a voting key by March 21. If you have not received your voting key by end of day March 21, please contact Natalie Bélanger at Voting will start on March 22 at 9:00 AM. In order for your vote to be counted, your electronic voting key must be used by 12:00 PM on March 24.

YES vote means that you accept all the proposed changes to the collective agreement. 

NO vote means that you reject the tentative agreement and you reaffirm the CRPEG strike vote.

The results will be posted and emailed as soon as they are available.

On behalf of your CRPEG bargaining team, we thank you for your continued interest. 

CRPEG Information Picket

CRPEG is holding an information picket on Tuesday morning March 1, 2022, at the outer gate on the Plant Road starting at 6 AM. Please be advised of possible traffic delays. A pamphlet (see below) will be distributed to employees.

CRPEG will be in a legal strike position on March 14 at 12.01 AM. Your CRPEG negotiations team has communicated its willingness to return to bargaining with the company and the help of the mediator. The Company has not reached out to resume negotiations.

CRPEG Bargaining Update #13

On February 7, 2022, we entered into three days of conciliation with CNL. 

We would like to thank the appointed conciliation officer for his help. We came to the table ready to negotiate with a strong mandate for job action, in hopes of pressuring the company to finally make a fair offer. 

We did not reach a deal. 

The company made a marginal increase to their offer, but nowhere near what our professional members deserve. We have communicated to the company that their offer is not acceptable. The conciliation period ends on February 20, and the bargaining team stands ready to discuss a fair and reasonable offer with the company when they provide one. 

We recognize the uncertainty and frustration that negotiations bring. Now more than ever, we need to stand united and continue to fight for fair pay for our professional work.  

Our team will be meeting in the coming days to discuss our next steps given our mandate for job action, and how we’ll continue to build pressure to get the deal that you deserve. 

We’ll be in touch as soon as possible with an update and how you can get involved. 

In solidarity, 

Jonathan Fitzpatrick 
On behalf of your CRPEG bargaining team

Bargaining Update #12


On January 26 & 27 CRPEG held special Zoom meetings to discuss negotiations of our collective agreement. All terms of CRPEG’s issues and CNL’s meager offer were shared with the members. The CRPEG negotiations team is now at a standstill with CNL and heading to conciliation on February 7, 8 and 9, 2022.

A strike vote was held by electronic ballot, and the vote was open from February 1 to February 3. Our members have cast the strongest ever majority vote in favour of taking workplace action, up to and including strike action, if a tentative agreement cannot be reached.

The last strike vote taken by the CRPEG membership was in December 2018. That positive strike vote and hard work done by your bargaining team with the support of the members resulted in achieving the last contract. With strong member support, a strong strike vote and the bargaining team’s strong resolve to succeed, there is a possibility of reaching a fair and competitive contract that recognizes the membership’s professional work.

CRPEG Bargaining Update

The CRPEG bargaining team met with the employer on Dec. 17 & 18, 2020. This meeting was a good start to the negotiations. A small number of administrative changes were agreed to and signed off. The negotiations will resume with dates in January and February, 2021. 

Following best practices in this time of Covid-19, the negotiations are being conducted virtually. There are a number of technical issues with the socially distant set-up, including lack of bandwidth, but the teams are committed to working together virtually. 

Thank you all for your continued support and Happy Holidays. Stay safe and take care.

Your bargaining team. 

New Collective Agreement Signed on 10/April/2019

The collective agreement between Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada in respect of the Chalk River Professional Employees Group (CRPEG) was signed on April 10, 2019 during a special signing ceremony at the Chalk River site.  

From left to right: Nick Resetar (CNL labour relations director), Jonathan Fitzpatrick, (CRPEG president), Denise Doherty-Delorme (PIPSC negotiator)