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PSAC has written the President of the Treasury Board requesting a remission order to protect federal public service workers who have been subject to overpayment errors by Phoenix. This would provide all federal public service workers who received overpayments an exemption from repaying the gross amount – which is more than what they received.

“We have been clear that, under no circumstances, should our members be forced to hand over more money than they received in overpayment. The Minister has within his power the ability to solve this problem and that is what we are asking him to do,” said PSAC National President Robyn Benson.

Treasury Board did not update its leave system to include Union leave (Peoplesoft code 641) before January 1st. Treasury Board estimates it will have the necessary coding completed by February 15th.

Until the update to the leave system is completed, members will need to submit a paper request, including the union authorization letter, to their employer to claim Union leave. Code 641 should also be noted on any paper form submitted. The Employer will continue to invoice your Union for your salary expenses and your pay and benefits will continue uninterrupted. 

PSAC has scheduled training for pay advocates, normally local officers or stewards, that have been assisting members with Phoenix issues. This training will provide information and training on tools specifically for assisting those with pay issues. It will also provide information on our key objectives in pressuring the government to address and resolve Phoenix.

Attention Union of Canada Post Communication Employees (UPCE)
With a tentative agreement reached with Canada Post, our union is preparing for the ratification voting process.
Voting will take place at the following dates, times and location:

Stoney Creek:
Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
Time: 11:30 am
Location: Barbara’s Café, 387 Barton Street, Stoney Creek

The Public Service Alliance of Canada will be holding an electronic vote for members of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to ratify the tentative agreement between PSAC and CFIA.

The voting period will open on January 22 and close February 22, 2018 at 12 p.m.

Canada’s unions are welcoming the federal government’s announcement that it will appoint an ombudsperson to ensure Canadian corporations respect their human rights obligations abroad. 
The new position, formally titled the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE), was announced today by François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade. The ombudsperson will be mandated to investigate allegations of wrongdoing by Canadian mining, energy, and textile companies operating abroad. Their mandate will expand to include other industries over time.