June 12, 2007Letter to All Locals
National Defence Parking Policy
Sisters and Brothers,
I am bringing to your immediate attention my deep and grave concerns regarding a parking policy which will affect UNDE members both public and private sector, separate employer, separate operating agency and non-public funds. In fact, all Canadian Forces Personnel are subject to this new policy that the department has introduced and will be enforcing. This Parking Policy at Bases, Wings, Area Headquarters, Lodger Units, and Armories throughout the country was presented to all Unions and Bargaining Agents at the June 8 National UMCC meeting.
I have included the attached briefing package and draft DAOD along with this summary for your information. No further details have been distributed other than what you are now receiving.
The Department, as directed by the Canada Revenue Agency who is responsible for ensuring that government departments are in compliance with Treasury Board legislation and in this situation the Government Property Traffic Act and Government Property Traffic Regulation, made it very clear in its submission to Unions that the planned Parking Policy will be implemented as scheduled with few exceptions, as parking spots are not considered a condition of employment by Treasury Board.
Although at this time, this decision will not affect every worksite based on the criteria proposed, there will be a very significant impact to the majority of our membership.
Who is Excluded
- Any Crown-owned property that does not have access or is not provided with public transit services such as a bus or subway system directly to a military facility or has routes on military facilities;
- Members who have been certified by a doctor to have a disability requiring the use of their privately-owned vehicle and cannot depend on public transit systems;
- Shift workers;
- Civilian or military duties that are considered to be, or necessary for, minimal operation requirements (MOR).
Therefore, in short, any Crown-owned facility that has access to a public transit system will be applying parking fees that will be set at whatever the local market value is in the location of the particular Base, Wing, Lodger Unit, Headquarters area or Armories.
The Departmentís strategy to implement a Parking Policy and its disciplines are to be determined through Local Parking Board Committees to be set up at each local worksite.
As this news is now a major concern and a priority for our membership, it has also come in a timely fashion as the National Executive is in session this week. I can assure you, Brothers and Sisters, the Executive will not rest easy on this issue.
More information will be forthcoming to all Locals within the next week on our position and the stand we are collectively going to take.