PA group begins negotiations with Treasury Board

The Program and Administrative Service (PA) group bargaining team met with Treasury Board representatives for the first time June 22-23 to exchange proposals packages. PSAC is committed to pushing for a fair deal that addresses the concerns and needs members identified at the National Bargaining Conference, and rejecting any concessionary proposals from the employer. 

Key issues the PA team raised include: 

  • Expanded leave provisions, such as more paid time off to support mental health and tend to family responsibilities. 

  • Better pay for overtime and shift work, including a higher premium for weekend work.

  • A new statutory holiday to recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) and inclusion of the recently legislated National Day for Truth and Reconciliation holiday (September 30) into the collective agreement. 

Though not part of this proposals package, improved wages and job-specific allowances are a key goal for this round of talks and will be included in the comprehensive wage proposal to be submitted later in the bargaining process. 

The PA bargaining team will resume talks with the employer in September.  

Common Issues 

The common issues bargaining team held its first talks June 14-15 and exchanged its proposals package with Treasury Board. PSAC outlined several key areas targeted for improvement, including remote work, work-life balance, parental leave top-up, protections against harassment and contracting out, job security, and workforce adjustment.  

The team also underscored the need for measures to address systemic racism in the workplace and to make progress on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to educate public service workers on the history of Indigenous peoples.  

The union will study the government’s proposals in detail over the summer as part of preparations for the next common issues bargaining session in September.  

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June 25, 2021