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The PSAC bargaining team met the employer this week to once again press your demands for improved job security language and related issues. Here's what happened:

Parks Canada told us “a richness of protection” already exists in the collective agreement and we have no need for improved job security language.

But Parks also asked for more time at the table to review the proposals. Without negotiating them, naturally.

The B.C. Council of Seniors today welcomed Premier Christy Clark’s promise to improve services for seniors, but cautioned that actions speak louder than words.

“For the last decade, this government has implemented a ‘seniors’ agenda’ that has created misery for thousands of elderly citizens in our province,” said Art Kube, President of the 80,000 member Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of B.C. (COSCO).

“As a senior minister and deputy to Gordon Campbell, Premier Clark had a direct role in undermining the services that helped seniors to live with dignity and independence in their own homes. The harmful effects of ten years of mean-spirited actions can’t be undone with warm and fuzzy platitudes.”

As part of the fight-back activities that we all committed to at the President’s Conference in 2011 we are asking PSAC members in BC to in a National Day of Action Thursday, March 1st at lunchtime.

As rounds of cuts and lay-offs begin in the federal public service we need to remain vigilant about the Workforce Adjustment Appendix and ensure that departments are dealing with affected employees fairly. A merit assessment is used by managers to decide who will become surplus.

For most of us, today is Valentines Day.

But for Aboriginal children living on reserves, today is an especially important day. The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada is at the Federal Court today, arguing that Canada is discriminating against Aboriginal children by underfunding child welfare services. PSAC invites you to Have a Heart for First Nations Children.