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PSAC is recommending a change to Bill C-81 to say that accessibility in employment must be handled under the Employment Equity Act.

Other recommendations include:

  • Undertaking a long-overdue review and update of the Employment Equity Act
  • Centralizing disability-related issues and accessibility in the federal public service by returning the responsibilities that have been devolved to departments to Treasury Board and the Public Service Commission, and
  • Requiring Treasury Board to set up a central accommodation fund for the public service

Thanks to the courage of the member who brought this case forward, PSAC successfully appealed the Board’s decision and received the positive ruling last week. The Federal Court of Appeal confirmed that there is an obligation to compensate victims of sexual harassment and violence, and further, that sexual assault survivors can be compensated for harm suffered regardless of whether the sexual assault was the sole cause of the harm.


The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is currently in a difficult round of bargaining with Canada Post that may result in a strike or lockout.

Should this occur, members are encouraged to support CUPW in their efforts for a fair collective agreement by participating on picket lines and sending messages of support.

If you are 35 or under and this sounds like something you would like to participate in, please complete this application by October 26 to be considered.


As a result of recent vacancy on the PSAC Ontario Council, we are holding a by-election in accordance with the PSAC Ontario By-laws, for the following vacant position:

Alternate Racially Visible Members representative

For several years, the Phoenix payroll system has been incorrectly collecting membership dues from nearly 150,000 members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Thousands of federal public service workers have been overpaying or underpaying union dues.

In November, the government will finally be in a position to fix these Phoenix errors, and PSAC members will see the correct dues amount on their paycheques moving forward.