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Earlier this year, the federal government held consultations on what should be included in new legislation dealing with accessibility for people with disabilities.

On May 29, the government released a report on its consultations. While the report contains some important recommendations, they remain vague. There is also no timeline for when the legislation will be put forward.

Federal government should be a leader

The report states that the new legislation should apply to all areas under the control of the Government of Canada, including the government as an employer.

After much delay on the part of the employer, Treasury Board and PSAC have finally signed collective agreements for the PA, EB, TC and SV bargaining units on June 14, 2017. This is the result of significant pressure from our union.

These agreements, which cover over 85,000 workers in the federal public service, were ratified by the membership in April. Since then, PSAC had been pushing the employer to sign the agreements.

Two Conservative anti-union laws, Bills C-377 and C-525, are now history with the adoption of Bill C-4.

“Both of these Conservative bills were an attack on working people,” said PSAC National President Robyn Benson. “Canada’s labour movement mobilized fierce opposition to these laws. This victory is thanks to the vocal solidarity of union members and our allies.” 

The bill reverses changes that were made to the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Income Tax Act.


I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to observe the upcoming PSAC Ontario Council meeting, scheduled for July 7th, 2017 at the Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown (475 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7).

Our hours of sitting are: Friday, July 7th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If you are, or will be in the Toronto area and would like to attend, please RSVP to my Executive Assistant, Cleo Reid (reidc@psac-afpc.com).

Note this event is a scent-free environment. 

At a time when good pensions are slipping further and further out of reach, shouldn’t the government and employers be building back retirement security for hard working Canadians?

Join us in standing up against attempts by employers and the federal government to strip workers of secure pensions.

PSAC is calling on members to boycott the government’s National Public Service Week, to be held June 11 to 17, 2017.

Hollow recognition

The event is supposed to mark the importance of federal public service employees and to recognize their service to Canadians. Yet thousands of public service workers are still having financial troubles because of the Phoenix pay system.

“It seems hollow of this government to say that it recognizes public service workers while it still can’t pay their workers correctly and on time for the vital work they do,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President