CRPEG Bulletin (2014-10-03): Frequently Asked Questions

I know that many of you have questions, and a number have already been submitted to members of the Executive. We have done our best to answer your questions, and have begun to compile an FAQ, the first of which is attached here.

Please keep sending your questions to a member of the Executive, and we will do our best to get them answered.

To clarify one issue, the earliest date that a legal work stoppage could happen for CRPEG is October 20th, provided that we agree to a Maintenance of Services Agreement. Currently we do not have a signed MSA. CRPEG will be meeting with a Canada Industrial Relations Board-appointed mediator to attempt to come to an agreement with AECL on the MSA. These meetings are scheduled for October 9th and 10th.

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CRPEG Bulletin (2014-09-30) Meetings with Qualified Respondents

To date, CRPEG has met with each of the 4 Qualified Respondents. They are (in no particular order):

  • Innovation Canada Alliance (B&W, Battelle, Cavendish)
  • Canadian Nuclear Revitalization Partners (Hatch, Golder, Bechtel)
  • Northern Nuclear Laboratories Alliance (Canadian Nuclear Partners (OPG), McMaster University, URS)
  • Canadian National Energy Alliance (CH2MHill, Lockheed Martin, Energy Solutions, SNC-Lavalin)

The discussion centered on topics of mutual concern, including the innovation agenda, pension, recruitment/retention, and job security.

CRPEG is maintaining open lines of communication with the QRs, and we are planning future meetings.

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CRPEG Bulletin (2014-09-26) – Conciliation Talks Concluded

The CRPEG Bargaining Team met with the Employer over 5 days in September. After 3 days of conciliation and 2 in negotiations, no further progress was achieved. On a number of the Member’s key issues including pension, we are no closer to a settlement with the Employer.

No future meetings have been scheduled at this time. Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.

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CRPEG Bulletin (2014-09-23) Meeting with the Deputy Minister of NRCan

Yesterday, Debi Daviau (PIPSC President) and I met with Bob Hamilton, Deputy Minister of NRCan, and Cheri Crosby, Director General and Chief Human Resources Office for NRCan. We discussed the issue of pension continuity at great length, and emphasized that this is a top priority for all AECL employees. Attached is the letter we presented to Mr. Hamilton.

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CRPEG Bulletin (2014-09-23) Collective Bargaining Process

Attached is an explanation of the collective bargaining process.

Members are reminded that the Conciliator’s mandate expires September 28.

CRPEG will be in negotiations (conciliation) with the Employer on September 24.

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CRPEG Bulletin (2014-09-15) Update on Conciliation / Negotiations

Progress was made on a small number of items after the strike mandate was obtained. However, after agreeing to a third day of conciliation, no progress was made on the key outstanding issues of:

  • Leave provisions
  • On-call provisions
  • Responsibility premiums
  • Job security provisions
  • Scale and merit adjustments, and
  • Pension protection

CRPEG is willing to extend the mandate of the conciliator in an effort to reach a mutually acceptable collective agreement. Further dates for conciliation have not been confirmed. The Executive will keep the membership up to date as more information becomes available.

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CRPEG Bulletin (2014-09-12) Conciliation Continues Today

PIPSC/CRPEG and AECL have agreed to extend conciliation for a third day.  Progress has been made on a number of issues.

The Executive will keep the membership  informed.  Our thanks again for the strong strike mandate.

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CRPEG Bulletin (2014-09-11) Strike Mandate Vote Results

The CRPEG Executive would like to thank all the members who attended last night’s meeting.  We had a strong showing and a balanced discussion of the issues.

We received overwhelming support from the membership, giving the Negotiations Team the strike mandate.

Now is the time to influence the decision-making process.

The Executive will keep the membership informed as the negotiations process continues.

A special thank you goes out to Debi Daviau (PIPSC President), Denise Doherty (Negotiator) and Ryan Campbell (Researcher) for joining us at the meeting. PIPSC provides us with the guidance and professional support needed during this challenging round of bargaining.

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CRPEG Bulletin (2014-09-10) CRPEG General Meeting and Strike Mandate Vote Tonight

Members are reminded of the general meeting and strike mandate vote this evening at the Chalk River Lions Hall. We are pleased to have Debi Daviau, PIPSC President, joining us for this important meeting.

The key outstanding issues are:

  • Leave provisions
  • On-call provisions
  • Responsibility premiums
  • Job security provisions
  • Scale and merit adjustments, and
  • Pension protection

Each of these issues will be discussed in detail at the meeting, followed by a question and answer session. We will have sufficient time to allow a balanced discussion of the issues so that members can make an informed decision.

CRPEG General Meeting & Strike Mandate Vote
Date: Wednesday, 2014 September 10th
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Chalk River Lions Hall, 11 Kellett St, Chalk River, ON

Notes:
1. Light refreshments will be served (no meal will be provided).
2. No advance polls or proxy voting.

AGENDA:

  • Meeting called to order
  • Negotiations Update
  • Question & Answer
  • Strike Mandate Vote

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