A year after signing their first negotiated contract netting them a 12-per-cent pay hike for the current year, federal lawyers will be heading back to the negotiation table in the next few months as the Association of Justice Counsel filed its notice to bargain Jan. 9.
In 2012, the association, which represents about 2,700 federal lawyers, reached its first negotiated settlement. It will expire this May. President Lisa Blais says it took a long time for Treasury Board to implement the deal and members only received their increase payouts in July 2013.
“This 2012 deal is only the beginning for us. We had over 20 years of wage restraint so we stagnated — we went from the top of the list in terms of our provincial counterparts to third from the bottom over 20 years. Now this deal puts us behind Ontario and Alberta,” says Blais.