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Media Releases

December 20, 2019 - 2:29pm •
Sarnia - Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), who work at Blue Water Bridge (DCL Local 501), have signed a new collective agreement on December 19, 2019. “We are happy to have a new contract that continues to improve our working conditions and acknowledges the important work our members perform to keep bridge operations going smoothly,” says Marcus Courchesne, PSAC DCL 501 President.
November 19, 2019 - 9:02am •
Cornwall - Members of the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE), a Component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), who work for the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority (GLPA), have entered into a legal strike as of November 18, 2019 at 6 p.m. PSAC/UCTE Local 00057, are the dispatchers and office staff who work in Cornwall and have been without a contract since June 30, 2016. The Local is comprised of 13 workers, 10 dispatchers and 3 office staff, who are integral to the operation of the seaway and the millions in economic trade that flow through it.
August 14, 2019 - 4:08pm •
Ottawa – Cleaners employed by GDI Integrated Services who work at the Canadian Forces Base in Petawawa have been on strike since July 24th, 2019. GDI is demanding a number of concessions, including to health and safety provisions, benefits and staffing levels. What:             Rally at GDI Headquarters When:            Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 10 a.m. Where:           GDI Headquarters (580 Industrial Ave #1, Ottawa)
August 14, 2019 - 12:20pm •
Ottawa – Commissionaires who provide security at the Canadian Forces Base in Kingston are entering their second month on strike, since walking off the job on June 24, 2019. Workers are looking for better paid sick leave provisions after losing their 2 paid sick days that were legislated by the previous Ontario Liberal government. What:             Rally at the Corps of Commissionaires Headquarters When:            Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 8 a.m. Where:           Canadian Corps of Commissionaires (100 Gloucester Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 0A4)
July 25, 2019 - 1:39pm •
Petawawa – Cleaners at the Canadian Forces Base in Petawawa are now on strike after a disappointing meeting with the employer and conciliation officer held on July 24th. During this meeting the employer, GDI Services, continued to demand many of the concessions that led to our members voting to take strike action to begin with.   
July 22, 2019 - 10:42am •
Kingston – The Kingston Commissionaires are entering their fifth week on strike, as the Corps of Commissionaires continues to refuse to continue negotiations. To show this employer that these workers are not alone, the Ontario Federation of Labour, along with all affiliate unions will be holding a Solidarity Rally in support of these striking workers.
July 17, 2019 - 2:00pm •
Petawawa – Cleaners at the Canadian Forces Base in Petawawa will be in a legal strike or lockout position as of 12:01 a.m. on July 25, 2019, after their union requested a No Board report from the Ministry of Labour. GDI Services, is the company that is contracted by the Department of Defence to provide cleaning services at the Base. There are many issues to resolve with this employer before a strike can be averted, including:
July 15, 2019 - 8:38am •
Kingston – The Kingston Commissionaires (PSAC Local 818) have been on strike since June 24th, 2019. Many of these workers are veterans who have taken strike action to be able to secure paid sick leave and a fair contract. However, after almost 3 weeks on the picket line, the local MP, Mark Gerretsen, has yet to meet with these workers or offer any type of support to them. 
June 20, 2019 - 10:52am •
Kingston – Commissionaires in Kingston voted “No” on their employer’s (the Corp of Commissionaires) forced final offer vote held on June 19th, conducted by the Ministry of Labour. The vote was held at the request of the employer on an offer the workers had previously voted down. “Instead of negotiating in good faith, this employer is trying to undermine the bargaining process,” says Sharon DeSousa, PSAC Ontario Regional Executive Vice-President. “The workers have been clear; the Corp needs to negotiate fairly, or there will be a strike as of Monday.”   
June 18, 2019 - 10:11am •
Kingston – The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) communicated to the Corp of Commissionaires last week that our union would pay the benefit coverage of their workers in the event of a strike or lockout, which could take place as soon as June 24th. This is a standard practice in labour relations between unions and employers when a labour disruption occurs so that workers have continuous access to their benefits. As this is a standard practice, which is of no cost to the employer, this request in normally granted between the parties.


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