In September, the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board (FPSLREB) finally moved forward on this file regarding the disclosure issue that was previously raised. We are still seeking copies of relevant records from the employer. Some records were partially provided previously, and most were heavily redacted. Treasury Board responded by asking for an extension on the disclosure deadline to October 15th. We have still not received a response. On October 15th, our lawyer sent a formal response about this to Treasury Board and the FPSLREB which also reaffirmed our position to move ahead with a virtual hearing as soon as possible.
We continue to be active on this case. We will keep pushing for this disclosure and for a hearing as soon as possible. We are ready and it is far from over. We are not done with this by any stretch of the imagination.
Our first hearing at the FPSLREB, occurred back in December 2019. At that hearing, instead of dealing with the complaint at hand, the employer put up roadblocks relating to disclosure and the hearing was adjourned until June 2020. The hearing scheduled for June was postponed due to COVID-19.
The Public Service Police Operations Support group (PO – TCO and IMA subgroups) is pay matched to the Civilian Member Law Enforcement Support group (LES – IM and TO subgroups). These groups are pay matched to the Regular Member (RM) pay and have been decades. This may change during the collective bargaining process; however, our position is that it has not changed yet and no changes to this pay structure has ever been communicated to us.
In 2016, RMs were given a 2.3% market adjustment pay increase and we were denied this same pay increase. Around the same time, we applied for union certification and the RCMP has been trying to re-write history after the fact. We will not let this go. By all accounts, we should have been provided this same pay increase in 2016 and we will keep fighting to make sure that we get it.