Communications and Political Action

June 26, 2017
PSAC National President Robyn Benson has met with the Ministers of the cabinet working group on Phoenix to discuss recommendations by the union for fixing pay system problems. “This was an opportunity to share information that we are hearing from our members who work directly with the pay system,” said Benson. "I reiterated our recommendations, including the need to engage IBM to address the technological issues still plaguing the Phoenix system as well as ensuring the human resources capacity continues to be expanded and rebuilt.”
June 26, 2017
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and its component, the Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE), have written to Prime Minister Trudeau demanding the government revisit its decision to contract out maintenance and other related services in new multi-billion-dollar shipbuilding plans.
June 23, 2017
Our bargaining team met with the employer in Ottawa from June 20 to 22, 2017. After much delay, the two parties met for three days in Ottawa and were able to sign off on a few amendments to the collective agreement including: definition of the family no discrimination leave for family related responsibilities bereavement leave The Employer also removed their demand to roll-back sick leave provisions in the collective agreement.
June 23, 2017
UPCE Local 80823 sent a message of support to their bargaining team and against concessions on job security, one of the main issues in negotiations with Canada Post. “We support our negotiating team!” the letter says. “Job security is important to us. Without it, our 19 members could be out of employment in our small town.” A copy of the original letter, with signatures of members of the local, can be accessed below.
June 21, 2017
Earlier this week, delegates to the PSAC BC regional convention elected Brother Jamey Mills to serve as the new PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President for British Columbia. Jamey is a long time union leader who began his career as an activist as the Young Workers Coordinator on the PSAC BC Regional Council and as a member of the BC Federation of Labour Young Worker Committee, where he sat on the BC Fed Executive Council.
June 19, 2017
This progress update outlines the Task Force’s key observations that will shape a framework and action plan to address the Task Force’s work before it issues its final report in fall 2017.
June 16, 2017
After much delay, resulting from the employer's cancellation of three bargaining sessions in the past few months, we are returning to the bargaining table with CFIA on June 20. Our bargaining team is looking forward to a productive session and to moving forward towards a negotiated settlement and a fair agreement sooner rather than later.
June 15, 2017
PSAC celebrates the news that the Senate has finally adopted Bill C-16, which will enshrine trans rights into Canadian law. Bill C-16 finally passed the Senate on June 15, after passing the House of Commons in October 2016. “This represents a huge step forward in defense of trans peoples’ right to work in an environment where they are respected and protected against prejudice and hate,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President.
June 15, 2017
Earlier this year, the federal government held consultations on what should be included in new legislation dealing with accessibility for people with disabilities. On May 29, the government released a report on its consultations.
June 14, 2017
Two Conservative anti-union laws, Bills C-377 and C-525, are now history with the adoption of Bill C-4. “Both of these Conservative bills were an attack on working people,” said PSAC National President Robyn Benson. “Canada’s labour movement mobilized fierce opposition to these laws. This victory is thanks to the vocal solidarity of union members and our allies.”