Almost 25 years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that federal public service employees have a constitutional right to engage in political activity. At that time, the Public Service Employment Act did not allow these employees to take part in any political activities except casting their vote. The Court agreed that political activity is consistent with the Charter of Rights and Freedom’s guarantee of freedom of expression to individuals.
July 15, 2015
In 1991, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a Federal Court of Appeal decision that struck down restrictions on the political rights of federal public service employees. The Court also confirmed that restrictions on political activities should not apply to the vast majority of federal workers. Until 1988, the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA) did not allow federal public sector workers to take part in political activities beyond simply casting their vote.
June 19, 2015
PSAC is opposed to the government’s new security screening policy
June 17, 2015
PSAC opposes the new Standard on Security Screening Employees have a right to privacy. While there are some times when privacy rights have to be balanced with security needs, privacy must be protected unless there is a clear security-related reason. We believe the new Standard on Security Screening goes way too far and most of the measures are not necessary to ensure security. The government has not shown any need for these new measures.
March 30, 2015
One of the hallmarks of a healthy democracy is the ability of citizens to participate freely and actively in determining who they elect to govern and make decisions on their behalf. PSAC members are encouraged to take an active role in exercising their democratic political rights by:
February 2, 2015
Eight young workers from across the country participated in PSAC’s first national young worker committee meeting in Ottawa from January 10-11
December 3, 2014
There are over 25,000 members in this bargaining unit, the second largest unit at the PSAC. Our members review and process tax returns, provide tax information services for the public, and intake the billions of dollars of government revenue collected by the CRA. They also run the offices, maintain the equipment and buildings, and carry out the administrative work of the CRA. The unit falls under the Public Service Labour Relations Act.
November 14, 2014
What could childcare look like in 2020, if our federal and provincial governments actually invested in a universal and affordable system?
September 12, 2014
Our SV bargaining team was back at the negotiation table with the Treasury Board from September 9 to 11. Discussions continued over the three days with questions being asked from both sides to clarify the proposals tabled.
September 12, 2014
Our TC bargaining team resumed negotiations with Treasury Board from September 9-11. We continued to advance our members’ demands, making the case for improvements to our collective agreement. Cross-table committee work also continued from September 8-12, where team members helped to advance complex bargaining issues.