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The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) welcomes the modest investments in public services announced in this year’s budget, but we are disappointed that it did not go far enough to restore the services Canadians rely on.

“This budget was an opportunity to improve front-line public service delivery. While it is encouraging to see investments in food safety and transportation infrastructure, the Liberals missed the opportunity to substantially restore and improve public services,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President. “PSAC is disappointed that the government ignored our demand to include a contingency fund to address problems with the Phoenix pay system.”

On March 21, 1960, 69 men and women were killed at a peaceful demonstration in South Africa. Their lives will forever be remembered among others who have died in the fight against the Apartheid regime. A regime based on embracing racial discrimination, segregation and repression.

As Canadians we need to be mindful of this horror in South Africa’s history, as it was modeled after Canada’s Indian Act. The Indian Act not only established residential schools, but enshrined the laws and programs that tried to eradicate traditional cultures.

The Liberal government needs to reinvest in the public service and ensure resources are made available to restore and improve services.

“Federal public service workers see first-hand the impact that years of cuts have had on the quality of Canada’s public services,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President. “From food safety to accessing Employment Insurance benefits, this budget is an opportunity to restore what was cut so that our members can deliver the high-quality public services that Canadians deserve.”

Delegates to the 2017 PSAC Ontario Convention, being held May 26th – May 28th in Mississauga, Ontario will be electing the PSAC Ontario Regional Executive Vice-President, their Alternate (and Second Alternate if passed by convention) and Representatives of Ontario Council. Any PSAC member in good standing in the Ontario Region is entitled to run for these positions. The nominator and seconder must be delegates to the PSAC Ontario Convention. Please refer to the attached documents for information on the nominations procedure, eligibility for office, and submitting the nomination form.

When will we vote on the deal?

Ratification votes are currently being held across the country. They will conclude on April 13th, 2017, after which the results will be announced.

When will the deal come into effect?

If a majority of members vote “yes” in the ratification vote, PSAC will meet with the employer to sign your new collective agreement. With the exception of wages, which are retroactive, the new negotiated provisions come into effect on date of signing, unless otherwise specified.

Who will get back pay (retroactive pay) for the negotiated economic increases?

The new collective agreement is retroactive to June 22, 2014, expiring June 21, 2018. This means that you are entitled to back pay for the period of time you were employed and a TC member from June 22, 2014.