Our proposals are aimed at making improvements to our collective agreement, strengthening members’ rights in the workplace and defending quality public services.
We continue to push forward on issues such as hours of work, discipline and employee performance.
Some of the discussions that happened this week:
- The employer wants to prevent our members from carrying over certain types of accumulated leave. We said no.
- The union explained its proposal and the meaning of different definitions or articles on topics such as whistleblowing, definition of family and harassment. Management said that they will only follow what is already in legislation and that their policies are enough for protection. We disagree.
- The government presented the same proposal to gut sick leave to all of the Treasury Board bargaining tables. Among other things, the government’s proposal calls for a short-term disability plan, the elimination of sick leave banks and a maximum of 37.5 hours of sick leave a year. Our team joined all PSAC bargaining teams in rejecting this proposal.
We have met face-to-face with the employer twice already and only reached agreement on two minor issues. We will meet again with the employer in mid-November 2014.
Our bargaining team will keep you informed throughout this process. Help support our efforts by speaking to your co-workers and participating in upcoming workplace information sessions. More details to follow.
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