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November 17, 2014


RA and Union Talks End with no Agreement


(November 17, 2014 – Ottawa, ON) 


After 30 hours of negotiations over this past weekend the Recreation Association of the Public Service of Canada (RA) is disappointed that the Union rejected the RA’s final offer.  


The Union represents 33 employees at the RA which is approximately 10% of the RA’s total employee complement (not 55 as previously stated by Unifor).  Unfortunately, after the weekend of intense negotiations there remains a lack of clarity regarding the Union’s position. 


The Union’s statement that it is in a legal strike position is misleading.  Two of the three bargaining units have been in a legal strike position for months.  The RA has not locked out unionized employees; nor have the employees exercised their right to strike.  The third bargaining unit (part-time property employees) will also be in a legal position to strike on December 6, 2014.  The RA has no desire to see its unionized staff engage in industrial action at that time of year.  However, in light of the Union’s intention of “ramping up” efforts, including the prospect of a strike, to pressure the RA to settle, the RA will take steps to ensure that all members continue to have access to their programs and services.   


The RA’s offer was comprehensive, fair and in keeping with the RA’s long history of positive labour relations with its Union.  Like the Union, the RA wishes to enter into a collective agreement however after over six months of collectively bargaining with Unifor, it is still unable to understand, let alone address the Union’s true concerns and demands.  


The not-for-profit RA will wait for communication from the Union, but remain respectful of the rights of union members.    


All RA locations will continue to operate. Management wishes to reassure our members and clients that they can continue enjoying the over 50 activities, 25 clubs and sport league play through regular operations. The RA’s main focus at this time is to continue delivering the quality programming members have become accustomed to receive, ensuring their safety and support.



About the Recreation Association for the Public Service of Canada (RA)


The RA is the largest private not-for-profit recreation and leisure Association in Ottawa serving over 22,000 active members. With an outstanding line-up of fitness programs, sports leagues, summer camps and clubs for all ages the RA is the destination to live a great sport experience. Delivered in a safe environment that values fun, respect and excellence, the RA members celebrate in a social atmosphere with a new story created each day. 





Contact Information - Recreation Association of the Public Service of Canada (RA):

Bryan R. Merrett

Director, Marketing & Member Services

Telephone: 613-897-6162

Email: bmerrett@racentre.com

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