PSAC recently launched an awareness campaign about the impact of the drastic cuts that have been made to public services. The Vote to Stop the Cuts campaign focuses on cuts to key services that have affected Canadians since the Harper Conservatives came into power: support for veterans, border security, search and rescue, Employment Insurance, environmental protection and food safety.
July 15, 2015
Almost 25 years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that federal public service employees have a constitutional right to engage in political activity. At that time, the Public Service Employment Act did not allow these employees to take part in any political activities except casting their vote. The Court agreed that political activity is consistent with the Charter of Rights and Freedom’s guarantee of freedom of expression to individuals.
July 15, 2015
In 1991, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a Federal Court of Appeal decision that struck down restrictions on the political rights of federal public service employees. The Court also confirmed that restrictions on political activities should not apply to the vast majority of federal workers. Until 1988, the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA) did not allow federal public sector workers to take part in political activities beyond simply casting their vote.
July 13, 2015
OTTAWA – The Public Service Alliance of Canada is today launching a nationwide campaign to remind Canadians about the impact of cuts to public services before they vote in the federal election. At the 2015 PSAC national convention, delegates directed the union to campaign and raise public awareness about the impact of cuts to public services by the Harper Conservatives.
June 17, 2015
PSAC opposes the new Standard on Security Screening Employees have a right to privacy. While there are some times when privacy rights have to be balanced with security needs, privacy must be protected unless there is a clear security-related reason. We believe the new Standard on Security Screening goes way too far and most of the measures are not necessary to ensure security. The government has not shown any need for these new measures.
June 3, 2015
National Public Service Week is supposed to recognize the importance of federal public service employees and celebrate their service to Canadians. Meanwhile, this government is gutting public services and trampling on our rights.
June 1, 2015
FACT: Unused sick days aren’t a “perk.” Federal government workers can’t cash out unused sick days or use them to retire early. It is misleading to cost unused sick leave as a $5 billion “liability”. Federal government workers can’t cash out their sick leave or use it to retire early. In fact, workers must leave any unused sick leave behind when they retire. That means that without more data, we can’t know how much is used and how much is left behind.
June 1, 2015
Treasury Board president Tony Clement needs to stop misleading Canadians about sick leave, says PSAC president Robyn Benson. See also: Federal government workers and sick leave: the facts “It's public service week, and instead of recognizing the important work these people do on behalf of Canadians, this government is accusing them of milking the system,” she said.
May 2, 2014
PSAC is pleased to report that the Federal Court of Appeal has today unanimously upheld the groundbreaking decision of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
April 9, 2014
An overview of how collective agreements are negotiated between PSAC and the government for the largest segment of employees.