The Liberal government is following the Conservatives’ lead by introducing legislation that will allow employers to reduce pension benefits. Bill C-27, An Act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, had its first reading in the House of Commons last week. A target benefit pension plan is a big gamble This bill will allow employers to shift from good, defined benefit plans that provide secure and predictable pension benefits, into the much less secure form of target benefits.
October 26, 2016
October 13, 2016
Members of PSAC-UPCE are poised to bargain with Canada Post Corporation, starting Oct. 18, 2016, a day after the bargaining team’s caucus. Our bargaining team will sit with the employer for a two-day session next week and will discuss the important issues raised by the members during the bargaining conference last April.
October 13, 2016
PSAC/UTE members working for the Canada Revenue Agency ratified a new collective agreement with their employer today. This puts an end to a bargaining process that took more than four years. The union’s negotiating team reached a tentative agreement with the CRA in August. This came after PSAC/UTE members rejected an earlier offer from the employer and demanded fair compensation. “It has been a long road, but our members finally have a new contract,” said Bob Campbell, National President of the Union of Taxation Employees.
October 7, 2016
The Employer and our CFIA bargaining team met in Ottawa on October 4 to 6, 2016, where the parties reviewed all non-monetary proposals.
October 3, 2016
On September 21, National President of the PSAC component Union of Postal Communications Employees Francois Paradis appeared before a House of Commons Standing Committee where he testified about our union’s concerns regarding the recently released discussion paper from the Task Force on Canada Post.
September 27, 2016
The Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (PSLREB) has affirmed our union’s right to visit worksites during collective bargaining with Treasury Board. “This is a significant victory, as it allows us to freely communicate with our members in their workplaces during collective bargaining and inform them of their rights,” said PSAC National President Robyn Benson.
September 23, 2016
Workers should not be penalized for taking time off work for things that are out of their control, such as illness or family emergencies. This is what an adjudicator ruled in the case of eight PSAC members who were penalized after being absent for family and disability-related matters. The decision found that Correctional Service Canada’s attendance management program discriminated against employees on the basis of family status and disability.
September 21, 2016
The committee tasked to deal with Phoenix-related compensation, co-chaired by PSAC National President Robyn Benson and the Secretary of the Treasury Board, met earlier this week.
September 19, 2016
On the last day of the hearings on PSAC’s unfair labour practice complaint regarding Phoenix, the employer argued that the ongoing problems with Phoenix are caused by “administrative errors” rather than the system itself. The employer claimed that these “administrative errors” consist of employees inputting incorrect or untimely information into the system, as well as slower-than-expected processing times.
September 16, 2016
PSAC’s bargaining team was able to secure a tentative agreement that we will be putting forward to the membership.