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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.

Background

  • 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.

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 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.

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.

PSAC members who are in the SV, PA and EB bargaining units: It is time to vote.

PSAC has reached tentative agreements with Treasury Board covering three bargaining units: SV, PA and EB. These agreements will only take effect if they are ratified. Every PSAC member covered by these agreements has a right to cast a vote in the ratification process.

Ratification meetings (including information sessions) will take place across the country from October 20th to November 30th. The PSAC’s internal rules state that members must make an informed choice, which means participating in an information session prior to the vote.

Read more for list of the ratification meetings scheduled to date, links to the ratification kits, and answers to some frequently asked questions.

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PSAC reached a tentative deal today for new collective agreements for three of its five bargaining units with Treasury Board. Agreements for the PA, SV and EB groups will go into force only if they are ratified by members in votes over the coming weeks. Exploratory talks for the Border Services (FB) and Technical Services (TC) groups ended without agreement and regular bargaining will resume in 2011.

Treasury Board approached PSAC to engage in early exploratory talks on contracts that expire in 2011. PSAC agreed to enter into negotiations with a view to providing economic security to our members at a time of economic uncertainty. Unfortunately, Treasury Board was not willing to provide sufficient improvement to the contracts for the Border Services and Technical Services groups.

“We have had a challenging two weeks at the bargaining table,” said John Gordon, National President of PSAC. “While we are pleased that three of our bargaining teams were able to reach agreements, we are disappointed with the lack of movement by Treasury Board and particularly some government departments on long-standing economic and workplace issues for our border and technical services members.”

Read more at the national website.

Your negotiating teams continue to work hard at the table since beginning early exploratory discussions with Treasury Board this week.

At this time, bargaining teams are waiting to hear back from the employer on a number of crucial issues.  Bargaining will continue into the weekend in an effort to get further movement from the employer.

“Our teams know that members want a fair deal,” said John Gordon, PSAC National President. “We made it clear from the beginning that we are not prepared to accept a zero increase in salaries and we expect real movement on key workplace issues.”

If bargaining teams don’t get agreements in this expedited process, we are ready to go back to the regular bargaining process and we’ll see the employer in the spring.

Updates will be provided as negotiations continue. For more information, check the Frequently Asked Questions section on the PSAC national website or e-mail TB-Q&A@psac-afpc.com

Government failed to consult with union over jobs moving to Miramichi

The Public Service Alliance of Canada has filed a policy grievance against Treasury Board on behalf of its members who are compensation advisors to ensure that their collective agreement rights are respected.

On August 19, the Prime Minister orchestrated a media event to announce that 550 jobs will be created in Miramichi, as the government centralizes its pay processing and compensation services in a new centre.

The union, which represents more than 1,500 compensation advisors across the country, was not consulted with or informed of this prior to the announcement as required under the Workforce Adjustment provisions of the collective agreement.

Continue reading the update at the national website.

Talks are underway between PSAC bargaining teams and Treasury Board.

We have agreed to engage in bargaining well before the expiry of collective agreements in an effort to ensure economic certainty and improved working conditions for our members.

Members elected to bargaining teams from the last round of negotiations have been busy reviewing the Program of Demands. They are also looking at outstanding demands from the last round as well as emerging issues to set priorities for this round.

Members will have an opportunity to vote on any tentative agreement that may be reached. If agreements are not achieved, the regular bargaining process will apply.

PSAC is committed to achieving fair collective agreements and protecting public services.

Updates will be provided as negotiations continue. For more information, check the Frequently Asked Questions at the national website or e-mail TB-Q&A@psac-afpc.com

Treasury Board and PSAC have agreed to engage in exploratory discussions with the objective of reaching early collective agreements. The bargaining teams from the last round are being reconvened to start talks on September 21st or 22nd.

The early bargaining process is an opportunity to provide economic certainty and improve working conditions for our members in this difficult economic climate.  John Gordon – National President

You decide

If the early bargaining process leads to tentative agreements, members will vote on their ratification.

If no agreements are reached through this process, we will proceed with the regularly scheduled bargaining process in early spring of 2011.

What can we achieve?

While we expect improvements in economic benefits, we are also focused on non-economic improvements to working conditions.

During the last round of bargaining we achieved concrete results on: national rates of pay; occupational group structure and classification review; seniority and a new pay grid for the Border Services group; as well as a number of other group specific improvements.

Your bargaining teams will be meeting to prioritize outstanding demands – to build on the achievements made in the last round of bargaining.

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