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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.
June 6, 2019 - 10:31am •
Kingston – Commissionaires who provide security at the Canadian Forces Base in Kingston will be in a legal strike or lockout position as of 12:01 a.m. on June 24, 2019. Negotiations between the Core of Commissionaires and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) recently broke down, with PSAC requesting a No Board report from the Ministry of Labour.
June 5, 2019 - 1:24pm •
Petawawa – GDI Services, the company that is contracted by the Department of Defence to provide cleaning services at Petawawa’s Canadian Forces Base has walked away from negotiations with their workers. After months of frustrating negotiations, GDI Services has been reluctant to address many of the concerns raised by its workforce. The majority of the workers earn wages slightly above minimum wage and have recently lost all their paid sick leave, due to the rollback of the Employment Standards Act.
April 24, 2019 - 4:00pm •
Kingston – On April 26, 2019, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) will be holding mass information pickets at both Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Kingston and Collins Bay Institution concerning ongoing bargaining frustrations.             What:              Mass Information Pickets             When:            Friday, April 26, 2019             Where:           - CFB Kingston (26 Somme Ave.) starting at 5 a.m. and                                     - Collins Bay Institution (1455 Bath Road) at 6 a.m.
March 26, 2019 - 4:31pm •
Peterborough – Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) will be going to MP Maryam Monsef (Peterborough–Kawartha) to demand the Liberal government follow through on their election promise of respecting public service workers. When:             March 27, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Where:           MP Maryam Monsef’s office (417 Bethune St, Peterborough)
March 2, 2019 - 11:08am •
Timmins - The Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE), a Component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), has issued a 72-hour strike notice for its members who work at the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport. As of Monday March 4, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. members will walk off the job and form a picket line at the airport.
January 16, 2019 - 3:57pm •
Members of Branch 26 of the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU), who work for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in Northern Ontario, are standing with their American counterparts of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP), who are currently furloughed.

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