Issues with hours of work first day back after strike

When returning to work after the Treasury Board strike ended on Monday, May 1, some PSAC members may have started later than their usual scheduled start time and some managers have raised this issue with them.

There are two important things to note:

  1. The union negotiated a buffer of 12 hours from the signing of the tentative agreement to provide members extra time to begin work the next day in case it was impossible for them to start earlier in the morning. Therefore no employee can be considered having arrived late as long as they were working by 1:30pm EST in the afternoon, since the agreement was only signed at 1:30am EST on May 1st.
  2. The employer is insisting that if this later start time reduced the number of hours worked that day, that those hours should be recouped by the employer. Managers have been formally directed however to be flexible in their approach to recouping the displaced hours and allow workers to make up the time where possible — or if employees prefer, they can submit leave for that time.


May 2, 2023