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Recovery of net pay vs gross pay

PSAC has demanded the government only recover net pay from employees who have received overpayments because of Phoenix, instead of requiring the reimbursement of gross pay.

The employer’s response, however, falls disappointingly short of the union’s demand. 

Overpayments must be reported by January 15, 2018

With the Public Interest Commision (PIC) mediation attempt having failed in October, our FB bargaining team proceeded to hearing on November 2, 6 and 23 at the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Employment Board (FPSLREB). Over the course of these two days our bargaining team made our case for compensation parity with other law enforcement agencies across Canada, including other federal agencies under the Ministry of Public Safety. We also made the case – repeatedly – that there are serious problems at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and that in light of these, we seek new rights for employees particularly as they pertain to discipline, hours of work and arming. CBSA management is not to be trusted. We need new protections.

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.”

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