1. What is an Essential Services Agreement (ESA)? An ESA is a written agreement between the Union and the employer that certain work duties are essential to the safety and security of the public and must continue during a strike. ESA's are required by the Public Service Labour Relations Act (PSLRA)
On April 12, 2013, Treasury Board issued a letter to all Heads of Human Resources and Chiefs of Compensation in federal departments and agencies regarding Records of Employment. The letter states:“… the ROEs should be coded as code G (workforce reduction), when an employee leaves the CPA, under one of the following circumstances:
PSAC is calling on the government to recognize that austerity isn't working – Canadians have lost services they need and job cuts are hurting the economy. You can't create jobs and prosperity by cutting jobs and services.
Sick leave is a negotiated benefitSick leave provisions in collective agreements are a negotiated benefit for public sector workers who get sick; they are not a benefit for those who are healthy. Sick leave ensures workers are well enough to provide quality public services.Any changes to the current sick leave provisions are a matter for negotiations between the PSAC and the federal government
We have had many inquiries from PSAC members about the new Family Day holiday in BC, which is coming up in February. Federal public sector collective agreements provide for 11 designated paid holidays, including a day in the opinion of the employer to be a provincial or civic holiday. Currently the civic holiday recognized by federal government employers is the first Monday in August. This means that federal public sector workers in BC will not be granted Family Day here in BC.Here is an example from the PA Agreement.
Yesterday the government crammed through Bill C-45, incorporating hundreds of pages of major legislative changes that Canadians have not been consulted on. This government knows it would lose public support if each of these initiatives were opened up to public scrutiny and debate.
** To: PSAC Locals and Activists in BC - please forward widely ** I know that this week has been a difficult one for many PSAC members as many of us, and perhaps yourself included, received Work Force Adjustment affected letters. I want to let you know that PSAC is continuing our fight back campaign against these cuts.
VANCOUVER, April 11, 2012 /CNW/ - The Public Service Alliance of Canada, the largest federal public sector union in the country, says that over 5,000 federal public service workers in 23 Government Departments received notices today saying they could lose their jobs.
In conjunction with the Canadian Labour Congress and the BC Federation of Labour, PSAC BC held a budget watch and press conference on March 29th.REVP Bob Jackson and BC Fed President Jim Sinclair comment on the federal budget in the two clips below ...Wrong Choices, Wrong TimeThis is a budget for Bay Street