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Prosecutors say talks at ‘impasse’

Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 7:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Warning that underpaid and overworked federal prosecutors may bolt to the provincial Crowns, the union for 2,600 federal government lawyers has walked away from the bargaining table after almost three years of fruitless talks with Ottawa.

“We’ve declared an impasse,” said Ursula Hendel, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada prosecutor who leads the Association of Justice Counsel (AJC). “We didn’t really make any progress at the bargaining table on…anything but the most minor issues,” she explained.

The AJC aims to get to “binding conciliation” (substantively binding...