The NR Collective Agreement is an important document that outlines the terms and conditions of employment for employees of the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada. In 2019, a new collective agreement was negotiated and signed by the NRC and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).
The new agreement brings several significant changes, including improvements in job security, pay raises, and benefits. One of the main changes is the introduction of a new job classification system, which will provide more clarity and consistency in job descriptions and pay scales across the organization.
Under the new classification system, employees will be assigned to one of four job families: research and development, technical support, administration, or client services. Each family will have multiple levels, and employees will be placed within the appropriate level based on their specific job duties and responsibilities.
In terms of pay raises, employees will see an increase of 2% per year for the duration of the four-year agreement. This is in addition to any step increases that an employee may receive based on their level within the job classification system.
Other notable changes include improvements to job security provisions, such as the introduction of a new process for addressing work performance issues. Employees will also have access to improved benefits, including expanded coverage for mental health services and an increase in the amount of paid leave for family-related responsibilities.
Overall, the new NR Collective Agreement provides significant benefits for employees of the National Research Council of Canada. With improved job security, pay raises, and benefits, employees can feel more confident and secure in their positions, allowing them to focus on their work and contribute to the important research and development efforts of the organization.