Our bargaining team met with the employer this week from July 11- 13, in Ottawa. The meetings provided us with an opportunity to clarify our position on a number of our proposals, including Maternity and Parental Leave, Injury on Duty Leave and Family-Related Responsibilities Leave. We also worked to strengthen the language of our Appendix “K”, Work Force Adjustment (WFA) provisions.
July 13, 2017
July 6, 2017
The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the right of adjudicators to rule on cases of termination resulting from revocation of reliability status. “For years, the employer has been using the revocation of reliability status for 'administrative reasons' as a way to prevent PSAC members and others from challenging these types of termination decisions using the collective agreement grievance process,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President.
July 5, 2017
We met the employer in May. We had some further discussion about our priorities to improve the plan, and on how we can update the plan document.
June 26, 2017
PSAC National President Robyn Benson has met with the Ministers of the cabinet working group on Phoenix to discuss recommendations by the union for fixing pay system problems. “This was an opportunity to share information that we are hearing from our members who work directly with the pay system,” said Benson. "I reiterated our recommendations, including the need to engage IBM to address the technological issues still plaguing the Phoenix system as well as ensuring the human resources capacity continues to be expanded and rebuilt.”
June 23, 2017
UPCE Local 80823 sent a message of support to their bargaining team and against concessions on job security, one of the main issues in negotiations with Canada Post. “We support our negotiating team!” the letter says. “Job security is important to us. Without it, our 19 members could be out of employment in our small town.” A copy of the original letter, with signatures of members of the local, can be accessed below.
June 7, 2017
The latest update on Phoenix, shows a large remaining backlog of cases. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) provided the latest information on the public service pay system in a media teleconference on June 2. “We are not surprised,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President. “It’s been almost 18 months since the government launched Phoenix and it feels like we are nowhere near the end of this mess.”
June 6, 2017
Robyn Benson, National President of PSAC, has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking him to address the delay on the government’s part in signing four collective agreements.
May 25, 2017
The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed a Treasury Board request for a judicial review of an adjudication decision that ruled certain employees were entitled to salary protection after being classified downwards.
May 19, 2017
Our bargaining team met with Canada Post Corporation on May 16 and 17, 2017. We had asked the employer to provide us with detailed information about their efforts to resolve existing surplus situations. The employer provided some of this information this week and committed to provide the balance of the information at our next meeting for our review and analysis. We continue to ask you to give us feedback on the employer’s proposal to change our current job security provisions.
May 18, 2017
At the request of the employer, the SSO bargaining session scheduled from June 13 to 15, 2017, has been cancelled due to changes on the employer’s bargaining team.