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Our FB contract with Treasury Board expires Monday June 20th. We are in negotiations with Treasury Board/CBSA this week as well. To date we have made virtually no progress in bargaining.

We made progress in the last round of bargaining in a number of critical areas. But there is much work to do. There are on-going scheduling issues that need to be addressed, from ensuring that management bargains in good faith when we negotiate work schedules, to guaranteeing that everyone’s seniority is appropriately recognized, to having telework available to non-uniformed personnel. We need protections in place in the context of the arming initiative. And we want a commitment from the government that there be an early retirement plan for enforcement workers in the FB bargaining unit that is in line with other federal enforcement workers.

We work hard. We ensure that Canada’s borders are secure. What we are asking for already exists elsewhere in the federal public sector.

We deserve nothing less.

Recently the Harper Government has attacked workers’ collective bargaining rights by threatening back to work legislation for Air Canada workers and Canada Post workers. We denounce these actions and we will not be intimidated by reckless and potentially unconstitutional behaviour on the part of the federal government. We will uphold our rights as unionized workers in this country and we will use every means under the law to achieve what we deserve in this round of bargaining with CBSA/Treasury Board.

We’ll be sure to update as things progress. If you have any questions speak with a member of our team, a member of your Branch Executive.

UPDATED: The rally now takes place JUNE 17th at 5:30

After holding an effective series of rotating strikes, forty-five thousand members of CUPW were locked out by Canada Post yesterday. At issue are significant concessions demanded by the Corporation, including the introduction of a two-tiered wage system for new employees, a reduction in the amount of full-time employees, and roll-backs to the sick leave plan. Picket lines are now up at postal facilities across the country.

Rally For CUPW in Vancouver

  • Friday June 17, 5:30PM
  • Library Square, corner of Georgia & Richards, downtown
  • Look for the PSAC flags andbanners!

Rallies will soon be scheduled for other communities across the province – contact your Regional Office, or check back here – we will post information as it becomes available.

Other ways to support CUPW
  • Visit a CUPW picket line or attend a rally. Here is a list of picket line locations in BC – for more information about rallies and other events, contact your PSAC Regional Office.
  • Do not perform work normally done by CUPW members – for example, do not deliver or drop off packages that are normally sent between work sites using regular mail or Priority Courier.
  • Join the Support Postal Workers Facebook event and invite your friends, family, and co-workers.
  • Talk to your friends, family and neighbours about the importance of keeping Canada Post an accessible, quality public service. Fact sheets are available at the CUPW website
  • Encourage your Local to pass solidarityresolutions, and send messages of support or  strike support funds to CUPW.
  • Show your support by placing posters in your window or at your work site download the images at the Support Postal Workers website.
  • Contact Canada Post President Deepak Chopra and encourage him to drop the concessions. Tell him to negotiate solutions with postal workers.
  • Stay up to date on CUPWs struggle against Canada Post by visiting the CUPW website.

As of June 13th, negotiations between the Canadian Auto Workers Local 2002, representing sales and service agents at airports and reservation offices, and Air Canada are ongoing. The possibility of a strike at airports across Canada is high.

CAW members remain committed to achieving a fair and equitable settlement from Air Canada. This employer is asking for major concessions that cut deep into workers’ pay, benefits, pensions and job security.

If you face a CAW picket line at your workplace, you should take the following steps

  1. Ask to speak to the picket captain. Identify yourself and that you work at the airport. Find out what the major issues are.
  2. Ask for a management representative from your workplace to escort you through the picket line.
  3. Volunteer your support to CAW. Join CAW members on the picket line before and/or after work, make a donation to the Local strike or coffee fund.

What you can do to support CAW members if you do not work at an airport

  • In the event of a labour dispute, CAW is asking supporters to refrain from using Air Canada and its regional airlines. If you are flying you may wish to cancel scheduled flights or switch your ticket to an alternate carrier.
  • Air Canada has advised customers they will not charge the usual fees for making these changes. You should verify this at the time of making these changes.
  • Join CAW members on the picket lines or at Solidarity rallies.
  • Encourage your Local to make donations to the CAW strike fund and/or send a message of support to CAW Local.

For more information, visit or contact your Regional Office.

CAW Local 2002, representing 3800 Air Canada airport and office workers across the country, will be in a legal strike position at midnight on June 13th. Air Canada is tabling demands that would see the pension plan cut by over 40% and the introduction of a two-tier pension system, as well as numerous other concessions.

Rallies and demonstrations of solidarity have been held in airports across the country – and more are planned – but as of yet, CAW has not requested that the labour movement stop flying with Air Canada.

For more information, contact your PSAC regional office, or visit We will post more information and updates on the situation as it becomes available.


  • Since the signing of the PA, SV and EB collective agreements, PSAC has pressured Treasury Board and Public Works to prepare for implementation of payments in lieu of severance pay.
  • We have strongly encouraged early, thorough and full communication by Treasury Board. While some departments have issued bulletins, central communication has been slow.

Information on payment process

Within the next few weeks, the employer will inform all employees about the payment process. It is possible your employer has already contacted you.

Visit the national website for the latest information from PSAC about the payments in lieu of severance pay

updated April 18th, 2011

clipboard01Grievance time lines are one of the most important elements of problem solving. If we miss the initial filing of a grievance or the transmittal of grievances between levels we shortchange one or more of our members. In order to avoid this happening we have updated and posted several grievance time line flowcharts, more will follow for other bargaining units.

The severance FAQ at the national website has been updated.

Q. I am a term employee. Do I benefit from the cash out?

Q. What is the definition of continuous employment?

Q. I was off on extended sick leave without pay for a year. Will severance be subtracted from this?

Q.  How will the new severance provisions affect an employee’s service date for leave, seniority and pension entitlements?

Q. What are the tax implications of the cash out?

For the answer to these, and many other questions about the severance cash-out, visit the national website.

PSAC BC is looking for AS Compensation Advisors

On the eve of the long gun registry vote, Stephen Harper announced that the Government was consolidating Pay and Benefits services in Miramichi, New Brunswick, where the registry is housed.

The PSAC has been calling upon and engaging with the Employer to respect its obligation for meaningful consultation with regards to the transfer of pay administration.

The move to Miramichi would result in the loss of approximately 1100 jobs and most pay and benefits advisors no longer being able to do the compensation work they enjoy and to which they are committed. Instead these members would have to find jobs on the operational side of their departments.

After the PSAC filed a policy grievance the Employer agreed to form a Union-Management Consultation Committee to ensure that workers across departments and agencies are treated in a fair and consistent manner and that information is shared in a timely way. The PSAC approached Components whose members are most affected by this move and formed a reference group to enhance internal communication.

This Committee, consisting of representatives from the Components and PSAC, is now in place.

The Union is doing its utmost to protect the workforce adjustment rights of members but we also want to challenge this dubious and opportunistic move on the part of the Conservative Government by lobbying MPs and by making it a political issue.

To that end we plan to form a working group in of compensation advisor activists in B.C.

This working group will

  • funnel information/questions/reports and provide expertise and advise to PSAC
  • watch for and report any situations where workers are not being treated fairly and transparently
  • help distribute communications materials within the AS group and the broader PSAC membership
  • identify cases or patterns where compensation service levels are getting worse
  • identify and implement strategies designed to encourage the Government to abandon the TPA Initiative

If you are interested in being part of a working group or would like to be on a list for communication purposes, please send an e-mail to Patrick Bragg.

TC bargaining team meets in Ottawa to set priority demands

The TC bargaining team met in Ottawa last week to prioritize bargaining demands in preparation for collective bargaining with Treasury Board.

Key issues identified by delegates at the TC National Bargaining Conference were examined in detail.

The negotiating team will meet again soon to review demands prior to the exchange of proposals with Treasury Board.

Read more at the national website.

PSAC exchanges FB group proposals, sets bargaining dates with Treasury Board

The FB bargaining team met with Treasury Board/CBSA March 8 and 9 in Ottawa to exchange demands and begin bargaining.

PSAC negotiators made it clear to the employer our objectives in this round of negotiations are to achieve parity with other enforcement workers in the federal public sector, to have problems in CBSA workplaces addressed and to protect what we have.

The demands are available at the the national website.

New collective agreements signed for PA and EB groups – What happens now?

  • On December 1, 2010, PSAC ratified collective agreements for the PA, SV and EB groups
  • Upon ratification, the first step was to re-open the current collective agreements for these groups.
  • This “re-opener” entailed modifying current collective agreements to include non-monetary improvements negotiated.
  • On March 1, 2011, the new collective agreements were signed for the PA and EB groups
  • The SV collective agreement will be signed on April 6, 2011 after which point certain provisions will be implemented.
  • The following are the provisions that took effect December 21, 2010 (date of re-opener), March 1, 2011 (date of signing for PA and EB), and that will take effect in June and July, 2011(PA and EB)

Read the key provisions of the new collective agreements at the national website.

The privatization of Canada Posts’ call centres will have a negative effect on the economy of major Canadian cities, and deprive Canadians of services they have come to rely on. Jobs will be lost in Fredericton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Edmonton and Antigonish. Canada Post recently signed a contract to hand over all its call centre work to the Aditya Birla Minacs company.

Call centre workers provide up to date information on a wide range of topics including rates, delivery standards, parcel and letter tracing, mail delivery routes, redirection of mail, Canada Post on-line services, international mail, and much more.

Continue reading at the national website.

Today, PSAC is launching a series of videos entitled “Keeping Canadians safe.”

These videos portray technical service workers articulating with pride, knowledge and enthusiasm the important work they do to keep our skies, seas, and environment safe for all Canadians.

Tom Hopkins – British Columbia from PSAC-ON on Vimeo.

Mark Mccavour – British Coumbia from PSAC-ON on Vimeo.

Charan Bhullar – British Columbia from PSAC-ON on Vimeo.

Colin Van Haar – British Columbia from PSAC-ON on Vimeo.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has also released a regulations primer that demonstrates that Canadians want government workers, not the industries themselves, to enforce regulations.

To maximize exposure of these videos to members and the public, we are hoping you will promote them through email and social media.

As you serve notice to bargain, we need to stand together to promote the important work each of you do, and to ensure Treasury Board treats you with the fairness and respect you deserve.

These videos will serve as an important tool in doing just that.

your TC Bargaining Team, including Tom Hopkins (UEW 20147, Campbell River Area Council) - top row, 5th from the left

More than 50 public service workers from across Canada – members of the PSAC’s Technical Services bargaining unit – met in Ottawa from January 21-23, 2011 to prepare for bargaining with the federal government.

The National Bargaining Conference was organized following the failure of Treasury Board to seriously address any of the long-standing issues brought forward by technical service workers during the expedited bargaining process last in fall 2010.

Conference delegates representing approximately 11,000 highly skilled technical workers across the country developed priorities for the upcoming round of negotiations and elected their negotiating committee. The Public Service Alliance of Canada will serve notice to bargain on February 22, 2011.

Continue reading at the national website.

Ottawa – More than 90 border services workers from across Canada met on the weekend to prepare its bargaining demands for upcoming contract negotiations with Treasury Board. The conference was organized after the Treasury Board failed to meet any demands brought forward by the union during the expedited process in fall 2010.

Representing over 9,000 enforcement workers employed by the Canada Border Services Agency, the delegates to the conference discussed critical operational issues and health and safety concerns.

“Our members are on the front lines protecting Canadians’ safety,” said Ron Moran, President of the Customs and Immigration Union, a component of the PSAC. “We expect the government to address the demands of border services employees to ensure parity with other unionized enforcement workers in Canada.”

Border services employees achieved their first collective agreement in 2007. While progress was made in the last round of negotiations, there is considerable work to be done in order to ensure that the collective agreement reflects evolving operational realities. These include adequate protections for those officers who are required to carry firearms, fair and transparent shift scheduling processes, and pension reform to ensure parity with other federal enforcement workers.

“The Harper government needs to recognize the contribution to national security by our border services members,” said John Gordon, National President of the PSAC. “We expect the upcoming budget to focus on strengthening public services such as border security, instead of misguided attempts to cut the deficit on the backs of working families.”

The delegates to the conference debated the priority issues that will be brought forward when the Public Service Alliance of Canada serves notice to bargain on February 21. They also discussed mobilization strategies to ensure the employer bargains in good faith and addresses employee concerns.

An ongoing series of articles and information of interest to PSAC stewards. See more at the stewards network pages.

The Programs Section and Education Section of the PSAC has prepared some educational tools for presentations, courses or workshops on the Treasury Board Workforce Adjustment Policy. These tools include the PowerPoint presentation below, check it out to read more about …

  • Workforce Adjustment – Central Objectives.
  • Before a WFA Situation is declared.
  • What is the role of the WFA Committee?
  • What are the Employer’s obligations once a Work Force Adjustment has been called?
  • Key Employer Obligations: What does the WFAA Say?
  • What is a reasonable job offer under the WFAA?

The WFA presentation is also available full-screen here.

If you have questions about the WFA, or want more information contact your PSAC Regional Office.

The National Bargaining Conference for Parks Canada members takes place February 6 – 9, 2011 in Calgary.

The conference is to prepare for the next round of bargaining by;

  • Reviewing bargaining proposals
  • Establishing bargaining priorities
  • Discussing strategy
  • Electing a negotiating team

This is a call out to PSAC equity activists (Aboriginal, Racialized Worker, Member with disability, GLBT), Regional Women’s Committee member, and Youth activists (30 or younger) who work at Parks Canada to participate in the Bargaining Conference.

Visit the national website to register online. Note the application deadline is January 21st.

The PSAC and the Employer have agreed to amend, effective December 21, 2010, certain provisions of the PA, SV, and EB  collective agreements – specifically, Sick Leave, Leave with Pay for Family-Related Responsibilities and Bereavement Leave.

In addition, the PA bargaining unit amended provisions also included Appendix I – MOU with Respect to the Transformation of Pay Administration Initiative.

Read the exact revised wording for these provisions at the national website.

The Supreme Court of Canada will hear PSAC’s pay equity case against Canada Post.

The union asked the Supreme Court for the right to appeal a February 2010 Federal Appeal Court decision that upheld an earlier decision to overturn a human rights tribunal decision in PSAC’s favour.

The current legal battle began in October 2005 when the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal upheld PSAC’s pay equity complaint against Canada Post.

But the corporation fought back – as it has been doing since 1983 when first PSAC filed a complaint over unequal pay.

“We’re very pleased the Supreme Court has agreed to hear our appeals, said John Gordon. “The lower court’s interpretation of the equal pay for work of equal value provisions of the Canadian Human Rights Act raise questions the Supreme Court realizes it must answer.”

The union hopes the Supreme Court will endorse the 2005 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision.

Meanwhile we will continue to do everything in our power to obtain justice for current and former employees of Canada Post affected by this compliant, Gordon said.

Gordon cautioned that the Supreme Court will take more than a year before hearing the union’s appeals.

Following the recent ratification of new agreements by the PA, SV and EB Treasury Board groups, the following steps will be taken:

  1. Re-open current agreements to include some non-monetary improvements
  2. Signing of new collective agreements
  3. Implementation of wage and special monetary increases
  4. Implementation of voluntary severance cash out options

Visit the national website for more information and timelines.

PSAC members have voted to accept the tentative agreements negotiated with Treasury Board for the PA, SV and EB groups.

The process:

  • More than 325 ratification vote meetings over six weeks.
  • The turnout across all groups was 52 per cent.
  • All votes took place by secret ballot.
  • Each agreement needed 50 per cent plus 1 of valid votes in favour of the agreements to be ratified.

The results:

Program and Administrative Services group (PA), representing 81,500 members 52.1 % yes
Operational Services group (SV), representing 12,000 members 53.7 % yes
Education and Library Science group (EB), representing 1,100 members 60.4 % yes

Read more, including a message from National President John Gordon to PA, SV and EB members at the national website

PSAC National President John Gordon explains why the union bargained early, and why trade voluntary severance for a wage increase – here is a video that explains PSAC’s reasoning behind bargaining early and agreeing to changes to voluntary severance pay.

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