Communications and Political Action

December 6, 2016
Bill C-27, An Act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, is an attack on the retirement security of Canadians.
December 2, 2016
Contract talks for our members employed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will resume in Ottawa next week. The parties will be bargaining from December 6 to 8. CFIA management has tabled a number of concessions. Our union bargaining team is committed to making improvements to our collective agreement and is rejecting all concessions that will compromise our rights and benefits. Stay informed: sign up for bargaining updates and make sure your membership information is up to date.
November 29, 2016
PSAC and the Employer returned to extended negotiations from November 1-9, after the Liberal government promised to bring a new mandate to the table. At the end of that bargaining session, PSAC requested mediation. We now have confirmation that the government has agreed to this mediation. More information will be provided once it becomes available.    
November 29, 2016
PSAC members have told us that they are getting phone calls from third parties identifying themselves as collection agencies. The caller says they are collecting Phoenix payments on behalf of the government. These calls are not legitimate. Government not using collection agencies The government has confirmed they are not using collection agencies to collect payments related to Phoenix.
November 25, 2016
PSAC is taking the ongoing campaign to ban asbestos directly to the Prime Minister. National President Robyn Benson launched the union’s new ban asbestos postcard initiative during PSAC’s National Health and Safety conference in Montreal last weekend.   “Asbestos is the leading cause of workplace-related deaths in Canada. The Liberal government must take action to end this epidemic,” said Benson. “They must take the necessary steps to achieve a comprehensive ban on asbestos.”
November 22, 2016
Forty-seven workers at the Blue Water Bridge in Ontario walked off the job on November 21 after their employer, the Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL), walked away from the bargaining table. The workers include toll collectors, cleaners, maintenance workers and currency exchange cashiers. FCBL is a Crown corporation based in Ottawa and reports to Liberal Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
November 18, 2016
PSAC is thrilled that the House of Commons adopted a bill that will enshrine trans rights into Canadian law. The bill was passed at Third Reading, but will still need to go through the Senate. Bill C-16 adds gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act. It also adds gender identity and gender expression to the list of distinguishing characteristics of “identifiable groups” protected by the hate speech provisions in the Criminal Code.
November 18, 2016
On November 16, the government provided an update on the Phoenix pay system. We learned that there are still a lot of problems to deal with.
November 18, 2016
It has come to our attention that some of our members may have received a new membership card with an incorrect surname.  Typically, a new card is generated automatically when we receive an update to a member’s surname from the employer. Updates produced by the new Phoenix system are received monthly along with union dues remittance information.
November 17, 2016
NDP MP Sheri Benson has introduced a private member’s bill, C-321, to ban the import, export and manufacturing of asbestos and use the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to protect workers’ health.