Collective bargaining is how the union (the bargaining agent) and management come up with the terms and conditions of employment for the workers involved (the bargaining unit). Provincial or federal labour legislation sets out rules for how these negotiations take place and how disputes are handled.

Each bargaining agent also has rules about how they negotiate on behalf of their members:

  • how the member input is gathered,
  • how decisions are made about bargaining proposals,
  • who does the bargaining.

PSAC's rules are set out in Regulation 15 of our Constitution.


Bargaining updates

April 16, 2014

It is our position that CBSA’s communications concerning the arming of officers misinformed employees of their rights under both our contract and federal law.

April 10, 2014

The need to protect Canada’s national parks and heritage institutions was top of mind over the weekend, as PSAC members working for Parks Canada gathered in Ottawa.

April 7, 2014

The union was served with a notice to bargain for the SV bargaining unit on April 4, 2014.

April 2, 2014

Your bargaining team has started the bargaining process.  We met with the employer for four days last week.  We will be working to improve and strengthen your collective agreement.  Here is a short summary of the issues that your union has put on the table:

April 1, 2014

PSAC members who work for Parks Canada will meet in Ottawa from April 4-6. 

March 27, 2014

The union filed its constitutional challenge to Bill C-4 in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.