Together, we can save sick leave. The Conservative government wants to strip away sick leave rights and is thinking of contracting out the management of the sick leave system. We say that unless this government wants to talk about improving what we already have, we aren’t interested.
The PSAC has taken the first step in its legal challenge against Bill C-4, the legislation that has gutted the collective bargaining rights of federal public service workers.On March 24, 2014 the union filed its constitutional challenge to Bill C-4 in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The challenge focuses on the following key areas:
We have come to a tentative agreement with Treasury Board on changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP). Discussions were held under threat by the Government to introduce legislation to make changes to the Plan.
After more than 27 months at the bargaining table, a tentative agreement has finally been reached with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.The deal came after two days of hard bargaining, during which PSAC’s CFIA members joined demonstrations at workplaces across the country in a massive show of support for their bargaining team."Our members have been amazing, both in terms of their ongoing support, and the feedback they have provided to the team," said Bob Kingston, President of Agriculture Union.
Federal public sector unions are joining forces to challenge an unprecedented assault on collective bargaining and workplace health and safety by the Conservative government.The unions have agreed to pool their resources in advance of the next round of collective bargaining with Treasury Board in 2014. In order to defend the rights of their members, the unions will take joint action to challenge the constitutionality of Bill C-4, the legislation containing these dramatic changes, now being rushed through Parliament
CFIA bargaining got off to a rocky start this week, with the Employer bargaining team flatly rejecting almost every single recommendation made by the Public Interest Commission.In the first session of negotiations since the PIC released its report last July, CFIA gave a mind-numbing presentation on why it could not agree to even the most modest of the PIC’s recommendations. “This is more than disappointing,” said Bob Kingston, President of Agriculture Union.
We will soon be scheduling a strike course for PSAC members in the CFIA bargaining unit.When: dates & times TBAWhere: PSAC Vancouver Regional Office and PSAC Victoria Regional Office,Course Objectives - at the end of the course participants will have
By Jim Stanford, Ottawa Citizen November 26, 2013It might seem like ancient history, but it wasn’t long ago that Canadian governments knew how to balance their books — and then some. The collective operating surplus of Canadian governments in 2007 equalled almost $40 billion. Teachers, nurses, and other public servants did their jobs. Tax revenues were more than sufficient to pay for their valuable work (in fact, average tax rates were falling, not rising).
Earlier this year, Treasury Board announced it would be implementing a “pay in arrears” system for federal government employees as part of their Pay Modernization Initiative.Public service employees are paid on a “current” basis. They receive their pay on a Wednesday for the 10 day pay period that ends on that same day. As the pay needs to be processed several days in advance, any changes to an individual’s pay in those last few days (such as leaves or acting pay) is not accounted for immediately, but requires pay adjustments in subsequent paycheques.