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Public Service Alliance of Canada passed a resolution at our 2015 National Convention to lobby governments to rescind the blood, bone marrow and organ donation ban imposed on men and trans women who have had sex with men. 

The ban is discriminatory because the criteria is based on sexual orientation rather than high-risk behaviors.

PSAC National President Robyn Benson recently sent a letter to Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor to call for an immediate end to the ban.

Having union leave without pay converted to a system whereby the employer puts the member on union leave with pay and invoices us after the fact is a long standing proposal of PSAC TB and Agency bargaining units. This will ensure that members do not suffer cash flow problems as a result of participating in their Union. This problem has been exacerbated by the current payroll system. As such, the most recent agreements with the TB PA, SV, TC and EB units include language that changes the process for most union activities to an invoicing system. The end impact for activists is a simple system for Union leave that will ensure that union participation will not result in cash flow disruptions or negative pension consequences. Note that this new system is applicable to Union activities starting as of January 1, 2018.  

As the year-end draws near, PSAC is demanding the government take immediate action to exempt public service workers they have mistakenly overpaid, from being forced to pay back the gross amount.

“When overpayments show up in the bank accounts of our members, they receive the net amount. But after December 31, 2017, these members will be on the hook for the gross pay,” said PSAC National President Robyn Benson. “This is completely unfair. Where are they going to get that money?”    

In a recent report to Parliament, the House of Commons Finance Committee has told the federal government not to privatize Canada’s airports.

The report of the committee’s pre-budget consultations for the 2018 federal budget states that the government should “limit passenger and operational costs by preventing the privatization of Canadian airports.”

“We are glad to see that the Finance Committee has made this important recommendation,” said Robyn Benson, Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) National President. “Privatizing Canada’s airports would be bad news for travelers and for the communities where airports are located.”

Our NAV CANADA bargaining team meets with the employer December 12 – 15, 2017 as negotiations for a new collective agreement begin. Our new bargaining team was nominated at the NAV CANADA Bargaining Conference, which took place in October, and consists of:

  • Sheri Campeau
  • Michelle Webster
  • Michelle Timmerman
  • Suzanne Dupuis (1st Alternate)
  • Michael McCullough (2nd Alternate)
  • Steve McCarthy (3rd Alternate)

The Joint Union/Management TBS Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion released its final report.

The Task Force had a one-year mandate to define, establish the case, and make recommendations towards a framework and action plan to improve  diversity and inclusion in Canada’s public service.

Diversity and inclusion, along with strong employment equity initiatives, are critical to removing systemic barriers and having a workplace that is respectful and free of discrimination and harassment.