Communications and Political Action

January 6, 2020
Canada Post and PSAC-UPCE have agreed to enter into early negotiations to reach a new collective agreement before the current one expires in August 2020. This is essentially a renewal of the current collective agreement, however each party will submit a “short list” of six non-contentious issues to be discussed at the negotiating table along with wage increases. The parties set January 15, 2020, to begin negotiations for a duration of no more than 20 days. This can be extended if the two parties mutually agree to it.
January 6, 2020
The TC (Technical Services) bargaining team was in two days of hearings at the Public Interest Commission (PIC) followed by two days of mediation from December 17 to 19. Unfortunately, there has been no progress in negotiations, as the employer is deeply entrenched in its own positions.
December 18, 2019
The EB (Education and Library Science) bargaining team was in two days of hearings at the Public Interest Commission (PIC) followed by two days of mediation from Dec. 9 to Dec. 12. Unfortunately, there has been no progress in negotiations, as the employer is deeply entrenched in its own positions.
December 13, 2019
Over 400 teaching assistants at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, have won union representation following an organizing drive by PSAC this fall.
December 12, 2019
Your union is a democratic organization based on many members stepping into voluntary roles to ensure that members are properly represented, and your union’s business is conducted. Some senior elected positions are paid. Union staff also support the overall governance and operation of your union; many having specific roles.   This section provides a big picture overview of PSAC’s governing structures.  
December 12, 2019
The administration of the affairs of the local is the responsibility of the local executive committee. The secretary is tasked with record-keeping and managing correspondence and the treasurer keeps track of funds.  
December 12, 2019
PSAC can’t be a strong and effective union without a strong foundation.  Locals can build strength by giving members opportunities to: participate 
December 10, 2019
December 10 is Human Rights Day – an opportunity to reflect on the status of human rights in Canada and around the world. In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in recognition of civil, social, economic and political rights, later enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In Canada, we still have a distance to go to ensure the protection of everyone’s human rights, and there are signs that human rights are under attack.
December 8, 2019
The Public Interest Commission (PIC) hearings for the Program and Administrative Services (PA) and common issues tables wrapped up this weekend. The hearings are the first of eight scheduled in the next few months for nearly 140,000 PSAC members who are still without a new collective agreement.
November 29, 2019
Effective December 1, 2019, the coverage of your PSAC Free $5,000 basic life insurance plan will be increasing from $5,000 to $10,000. Coverage will also be extended from 70 years old to 80 for members in good standing. Plus, the accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance will also be increasing from $5,000 to $10,000. No action is required on your part because the change in coverage level will be automatically applied to your policy on December 1, 2019.

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