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The following verse was written by Sherry Hunt, a PSAC member of Agriculture Local 30048 in Lethbridge. After reading about the latest cuts to government––with another huge hit to Agriculture in the Prairies––Hunt looked back at the past two years of a Harper majority and how our country has changed.

National Public Service Week will be held from June 9 to 15, 2013.  This event marks the importance of federal public service employees and recognizes their service to Canadian society.  We find it an insult to our members and to our union that the employer promotes this event while the government of Canada continues its assault on federal public services and public service delivery.  Our members have received and continue to receive affected/surplus notices, and are being offered a piece of cake and a cup of coffee to wash it down.

Monday, May 13th was the first day for your Bargaining Team to be at the negotiation table with Purolator Inc. We have formally exchanged bargaining proposals and the hard work continues through further discussions with the employer over the coming week.

PSAC/UPCE Local 20095 members have begun bargaining with Purolator Inc. this week - we're at the table May 13th through 17th.

PSAC members at Purolator are wearing their "I support my bargaining team" red bracelets all week.

If you're a Local 20095 member and haven't got your bracelet yet, contact us at Purolator-Bargaining@psac-afpc.com and we'll put you in touch with your worksite Purolator Coordinating Committee member so you can get yours!

PSAC members in BC who are entitled to vote are reminded that the Election Act allows for four consecutive hours free from employment during voting hours on General Voting Day for the purpose of voting. Voting hours on General Voting Day are 8AM to 8PM, Pacific time.

Now that Treasury Board has presented a final offer to the FB Bargaining Team, it’s time for them to also return to the TC Bargaining Table.

Since the TC Public Interest Commission made its recommendations public in mid-January, PSAC has indicated our willingness to return to the bargaining table using the report as a roadmap to a negotiated settlement.