Treasury Board bargaining: PSAC continues to fight for a fair contract

The Treasury Board bargaining teams met this week in Ottawa with the employer. The focus for the teams continues to be bargaining a solid agreement that will strengthen the public service.

Bargaining objectives

  • Restore the public services we provide and negotiate fairer treatment for workers when service delivery changes.
  • Healthier workplaces not a system where you are forced to choose between a paycheque and going to work sick
  • Fair wages that keep up with inflation and the job market

Sick Leave

Our position is that we continue to seek either a renewal or improvements to the current sick leave regime.

General Economic Increases

All PSAC tables proposed a general economic increase of 3% per year this week. This is in addition to the allowances and market adjustments that our team has or will be making in subsequent bargaining sessions.

Workforce Adjustment

We discussed our proposed changes to the Workforce Adjustment Appendix. The employer's bargaining team had a significant number of questions about our proposals that we will respond to in our next meeting. We reiterated our position against the contracting out of work. Many unions have identified this issue as a major concern in this round of bargaining.

FB

Management rejected our proposal to beef up the legal indemnification policy and put it in the collective agreement. We reiterated our position and the fact that CBSA cannot be trusted to act in the interests of officers subject to the legal indemnification policy. For more info: psacunion.ca/fb

EB

The EB bargaining team reviewed outstanding proposals from both parties. The team also tabled proposals on bereavement leave and volunteer leave, and signed off on an article regarding court leave. For more info: psacunion.ca/eb

TC

The TC bargaining team continued to press the employer to improve protections for whistleblowers and protect members against reprisals for speaking out. Our demand to add whistleblower protections to the collective agreement would help create a “speak up” culture so members are protected when choosing to blow the whistle to protect the public interest. For more info: psacunion.ca/tc​

SV

Our team tabled additional, group increases for all SV classifications, based on the results of the Joint Pay Study. This proposal aims to close the significant gap between wages paid to SV group members in the federal government and the wages of workers in the public and private sectors in equivalent jobs. For more info: psacunion.ca/sv

PA

In negotiations this week with Treasury Board, our PA bargaining team called for the employer to join PSAC in a national joint committee to tackle the issue of affordable and accessible child care for all federal public service workers. We also proposed to expand the definition of family, and discussed leave and whistleblower protection. For more info: psacunion.ca/pa

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April 15, 2016
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