Simply, if we are united, we are able to negotiate wages, working conditions and social benefits that are fair and reasonable. Health and welfare, pensions and minimum wage scales and working conditions are negotiated by the union in most of our collective agreements, and employers contribute on behalf of insured workers in accordance with these agreements. *Rates of pay change within one hundred and eighty (180) after the signing of the Financial Management (FI) Collective Agreement. In accordance with Annex “E” of the FI Collective Agreement, the rates are paid on a flat-rate basis before the change in wages: 16.02 The appropriate topics for joint consultation are defined by mutual agreement between the parties. 15.15 If it turns out that the nature of the complaint is such that a direct reference to the final level is desirable, the first level may be eliminated by mutual agreement between the employer and the worker and, where appropriate, the institute. 12.02 The employer and the Institute shall determine by mutual agreement the area of competence of each steward, taking into account the organizational chart and the distribution of staff. b) The period of thirty (30) working days within which the employer must respond to the final stage may be extended, by mutual agreement between the employer and the competent representative of the Institute, to a maximum of forty (40) working days. The employer and the Institute share the desire to resolve, to the extent possible, disputes or disagreements through a cooperative process characterized by prompt and open discussion and creative problem solving. To this end, the following dispute settlement procedures shall apply.

Note: Wage withdrawal agreements may be amended in writing by mutual agreement, provided that such requests are not submitted for approval three months before the date on which the change is requested, but not more than six months before the start of the leave. . . .