The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the federal government recently came to a tentative agreement for the FB group, which represents employees in the Border Services Officer (BSO) classification. This agreement has been long-awaited and comes after months of negotiations and even a strike vote.
The tentative agreement includes a general wage increase of 2% per year over four years, which is in line with the wage increases agreed upon in other public sector collective agreements. In addition, there will be a lump sum payment of $2,500 for each full-time employee, and pro-rated for part-time employees.
One of the key issues in these negotiations was the working conditions and staffing levels for BSOs. The tentative agreement includes commitments from the government to increase staffing levels and improve working conditions, including addressing issues related to scheduling, workload, and health and safety.
The PSAC FB group was also seeking changes to the workplace discipline and grievance process, and the tentative agreement includes some improvements in this area. The process for handling discipline and grievances will be streamlined, and there will be more opportunities for informal dispute resolution.
Overall, the PSAC FB tentative agreement represents a step forward for the approximately 9,000 employees in the BSO classification. While there are still details to be worked out and the agreement must be ratified by both parties, it is a positive development in what has been a difficult process of negotiations and strike preparations.