Tentative agreement reached in CFIA talks

After more than two years of intense negotiations, our members at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have a tentative agreement.

The breakthrough came on February 7, a day after contract talks resumed in Ottawa. Talks had previously broken off early last December, after three days of frustrating bargaining.

Our CFIA members will soon have the opportunity to vote on the agreement. Details, both of the terms of the tentative agreement and the ratification procedure, will be communicated in the days to come.

The existing collective agreement expired in 2011. Bob Kingston, Agriculture Union National President, congratulated our CFIA members for their strong, consistent support for their bargaining team through 27 months of extremely difficult negotiations.

“These were the most challenging set of CFIA contract talks in my memory. Against the backdrop of the Harper government’s attack on the entire federal public service, the strong backing of the membership gave our team the dogged determination to secure the best agreement they felt was possible in this current political climate.”

Further information on this round of CFIA negotiations can be viewed HERE on the Web site of our bargaining agent, the Public Service Alliance of Canada.