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Treasury Board has finally outlined its preferred model for new occupational groups for the Program and Administrative Services (PA) group.  This model suggests three new occupational groups including a separate group for work done by the Welfare Programs (WP) group.

Once again we need to tell Finance Minister Flaherty – hands off our pensions!

Both he and the Prime Minister are openly talking about federal public service pensions, leaving the door open to changes in the next federal budget.

Those changes could include reducing benefits, changing the plan for new and younger employees and/or increasing contribution rates even more.

The government should strengthen retirement security for all rather than weaken the pensions of hard working public service workers.

Being a steward is an important job. You were elected as a steward because you are a leader in your workplace. Your colleagues are counting on you to show them how to make their workplace and union better. The Steward's Guide to Grievance Handling is just one of the tools you’ll need to be a top-notch steward.

Copies of this new guide have recently been shipped by HQ to Locals/Branches. If you haven't received one, or would like more copies contact your PSAC Regional Office, or download a copy as .pdf below.

Your bargaining team tabled a comprehensive economic package with Treasury Board during our last session of negotiations, which took place December 13-15, 2011.

Please note the Vancouver and Victoria Regional Offices will be closed from December 26th through 30th and re-open on January 3rd, 2012.

In the event of an emergency or urgent business, call the Vancouver Regional Office at (604) 430-5631 or 1 (800) 663-1655 and leave a message at extension 1751 and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Seasons Greetings and all the best in the New Year from the staff in the BC Region!