EB team expresses opposition to Bill C-59 at bargaining table

Budget bill

PSAC made it clear at the bargaining table that we do not plan to back down on sick leave, despite the government’s threat to circumvent negotiations using provisions in Bill C-59. The bill authorizes Treasury Board to unilaterally modify collective agreements to remove sick leave and impose a short and long term disability plan. The Supreme Court established the right to collective bargaining as a Charter right and we will continue to defend that right.

The employer again presented their sick-leave plan, but we maintained our stance since they presented no improvements. We made it clear that we are not here for concessions, but to defend our members’ right to fair and decent wages, benefits and respect.

No Discrimination

We signed-off on the No Discrimination clause, so there will now be a recognition and protection in the collective agreement related to gender identity and expression.

Penological Factor Allowance

We submitted a proposal that would change the application of the allowance to be more inclusive given its workforce.

Class size-Appendix D

The employer came back to us with some minutes of past local committee meetings. However, the information were from a few years ago. It seemed that they couldn’t provide us with more information from the Regional Class Size Committee. We are still having discussions on numerous points, but our bargaining team will present a proposal that would reflect the current reality of the workplace and address many issues that are relevant to our members.

Pay study

The employer prefers to discuss this matter only when we are getting to monetary proposals. Our bargaining team will ensure that our recommendations on the pay study are heard and acknowledged. After more than a decade of receiving unfair treatment, it is time to resolve this issue once and for all at the table.

Take part in mobilization events organized by our union and other federal unions. Talk to your MPs and co-workers. Ask them what they think of Bill C-59 and our constitutional rights. For more information contact your bargaining team, PSAC local, PSAC regional offices or our national website and follow PSAC on social media.

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June 19, 2015
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