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The Labour Board disagreed with the employer and denied their request to delay the establishment of a Public Interest Commission (PIC). In a letter outlining the verdict, the Labour Board stated that PSAC’s Parks Canada bargaining team had “negotiated sufficiently and seriously” and therefore they would be recommending the establishment of a PIC.  

 

Women’s History Month: Looking back, moving forward

October 8, 2019
 
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October is Women’s History Month in Canada, a time to reflect on struggles that we have won and to recommit to the ongoing fight for gender equity in Canada for all women.

Violence against women

PSAC, alongside Indigenous groups, advocated for many years for an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and finally this year the Inquiry’s report was released. It called on governments and all of society to recognize the magnitude of the problem and to end the violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people. The release of the report is just the beginning of the road towards justice. However, our union will continue to push for the implementation of the recommendations and continue to fight for justice for Indigenous women.

PSAC continues to push for leave from work for all those affected by domestic violence. Thanks to pressure from unions, the Canada Labour Code was recently changed to include ten days of domestic violence leave, but not all of it is paid leave. PSAC has proposed two weeks of paid domestic violence leave at a number of our bargaining tables, including with Treasury Board. PSAC will continue to fight for reasonable and robust collective agreement provisions that protect survivors of domestic violence. 

It is important not to give the impression that you are speaking on behalf of the employer when communicating political opinions or posting political content on social media. We recommend that if you are going to engage in communications that are critical of the employer, make it clear that you are speaking on your own behalf. One way to do this is to remove any information in your social media profile that identifies you as a government employee or that may lead the public to believe you are a government employee. Usually, this information is in the in the “About” section of your Facebook or Twitter profile, which you can edit.

Greetings,

The 2020 PSAC National Women’s Conference will be held from April 3 to 5, 2020, at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa. The conference theme is “Women have power: Let’s Use It!

By law, once impasse is reached, a PIC is established to help the parties reach an agreement. The PIC is a panel of three people – a chairperson appointed by the Labour Board and nominees appointed by the union and management. The union and the employer submit briefs and explain their positions on the outstanding issues at a hearing with the PIC. The PIC then issues a report with recommendations for settlement. The recommendations are not binding.

Once the PIC releases its report, PSAC's bargaining team will reconvene to discuss the recommendations. Typically, PSAC’s team and government representatives then return to the table to resume negotiations.

The PSAC Ontario region will be holding two province-wide webinars for members interested in the upcoming federal election.

If you are interested in participating in this webinar, the two offerings are on:

•Monday, October 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm /p>

or

•Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm /p>

This webinar will cover:

• Why you should get involved in elections

• Know your rights during an election

• How to get involved during an election

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