The Canadian Food Inspection Agency Public Interest Commission hearing will be delayed. The hearing, originally scheduled for March 30-31, has been rescheduled for May 7-8. Stay tuned as more information will be provided closer to the new date of the hearing. Please stay in touch with the local in your workplace and, if you haven’t done so yet, sign-up for e-mail bargaining updates. PSAC at CFIA : Bargaining for our future!
April 2, 2020
April 1, 2020
PSAC members at Global Affairs Canada have been working day and night to bring home Canadians stranded abroad because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The heart of their international effort is the Emergency Response Centre in Ottawa, featuring floor-to-ceiling world maps, televisions set to 24-hour news cycles and a cacophony of phone calls and clacking keyboards.
March 27, 2020
As concerns for the safety of Canadians and workers at overcrowded Service Canada centres reached new heights this week, the government decided to close these offices for regular walk-in traffic without pre-screening. PSAC and its component union CEIU believe this measure will protect the public and its members from contracting COVID-19, and will not negatively impact the ability of vulnerable Canadians to receive the support they need at this critical time.
March 23, 2020
PSAC is calling on the federal and territorial governments to bolster access to healthcare and housing immediately to protect northern communities from the COVID-19 virus. Northern healthcare workers must also be provided with emergency medical supplies such as test kits, masks, hand sanitizers, ventilators and other necessary equipment to help them manage a potential outbreak. All workers who aren’t deemed critical should also be able to work from home to prevent the spread of the virus.
March 19, 2020
A positive Public Interest Commission (PIC) report has been issued for the TC group recommending the employer move on several important issues raised by your bargaining team. The report names a number of TC’s priorities such as closing wage gaps, parity with CFIA for EGs, increased allowances, and movement on the archaic classification system as areas where the employer can improve its offer.
March 6, 2020
Following a Public Interest Commission (PIC) report that backs the union’s demand for crucial wage adjustments, the Public Service Alliance of Canada will begin holding strike votes for civilian hospitality workers at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier. In a resounding victory for Non-Public Funds (NPF) workers, the Commission has sided with PSAC, calling on the government to fix wage gaps for employees whose wages lag far behind their peers in the industry.
March 6, 2020
International Women’s Day is a time to look back on the victories and struggles that have led to greater gender equality in Canada and around the world. It is also a day to remember that there is still much more work to be done to achieve equality for all women.
March 4, 2020
Buckling under pressure from unions and RCMP civilian members, the federal government has agreed to delay moving employees onto the disastrous Phoenix pay system. In an email sent out March 2, Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos announced that the deeming of 4,000 RCMP civilian members into the public service – slated for May 21, 2020 – would be delayed indefinitely.
February 21, 2020
Aside from compensation for Phoenix damages, the impact of the Phoenix pay system is a central bargaining issue for each of PSAC’s federal public service bargaining units.