Since we filed for certification last week, many of you have been asking what’s next, and how long it will take to certify. The short answer is that the process is long and detailed and will take a year or more, depending on various decisions and potential delays that are completely beyond NPF’s control. At the same time, we are doing everything we can to move through this as quickly, but also effectively and strategically, as possible.
The next visible step from members’ perspective is that the Public Service Labour Relations Employment Board will set a closing date 15 to 40 days from our application date. Our membership number on that closing date will be the final membership number in our submission so it’s very important that your colleagues who’ve not yet joined consider signing up so we can send the strongest possible message to Ottawa. Please share this with them.
More details on what’s next:
- PSLREB will serve the employer (Treasury Board) and other interested parties (AMPMQ, MPPAC, CPA for example) a copy of our application and set a closing date, 15-40 days from application date (April 18);
- Interested parties may file a request for intervention with the PSLREB before the closing date;
- Treasury Board will also file a list of positions they believe to be management and should be excluded from the NPF. We have struck an “exclusions committee” to work on this issue along with counsel.
- The NPF will have the opportunity to oppose any or all of these requested management positions.
- After the closing date has passed, the PSLREB will set a hearing date for the NPF’s application, likely 4-7 months down the road;
- Once the hearing is complete, the PSLREB will render a decision, likely 2-3 months later; assuming the PSLREB accepts the NPF’s application, it will then order a vote.
We’ll continue to update you on our progress. In the meantime, here are three other things you can do to help.