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Updates

The Conference "Confronting Global Capital: Strengthening Labour Internationalism and Transnationalism in Canada Today" will take place at McMaster University's Continuing Education Centre in Hamilton, Ontario from October 12-14, 2017.

The conference aims to take stock of the state of labour in Canada today by bringing together trade unionists, as well as activists and academics involved in workers’ justice to evaluate past practices of Canadian labour internationalism and to debate and discuss strategies to strengthen this work.

The recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has exposed some of the worst forms of racism and hatred. Hundreds of white supremacists marched with Nazi symbols and salutes and clashed with counter-protesters; three people were left dead and dozens injured. PSAC stands with the victims of this violence.

This is the most recent culmination of a political climate in the US that has opened the door for many of these extremist groups to openly express hatred.

Treasury Board has announced that, due to ongoing Phoenix pay system problems, the Public Service Pension and Insurance Benefits Statements will not be issued this year. However, PSAC members working in the federal public service can be assured that this will not affect your pension and benefit plan eligibility or entitlement.

Parties agree on arbitration process

Our PSAC/UTE Bargaining Team met with the Canada Revenue Agency on May 3 and 4 to discuss wage increases for 2014 and 2015, consistent with our collective agreement signed last year. Unfortunately we were unable to reach an agreement over the two days and therefore proceeded to next step under our contract and the law – to discuss and agree upon an arbitration process.

After several meetings and on-going correspondence between the parties, we agreed upon an arbitration process in July. We are now in the process of selecting an arbitrator. Once that’s completed the arbitrator will set dates to hear our dispute, and will subsequently render a decision.

In early July, the employer began the salary update for members of the Operational Services Group (SV) and the Technical Services Group (TC). 

Given that employees are paid in arrears, members in the SV and TC groups should have begun seeing new rates starting with the July 26 payday. Your new salary rate should now be reflected in your pay. If you find any mistakes in your pay, contact the human resources unit in your department and notify your PSAC union representative. 

Canada Post Corporation submitted a global offer to our union yesterday. Our bargaining team is reviewing the offer and will respond to the employer during our next bargaining session scheduled for the end of September.

To receive updates on bargaining, sign up to be on our UPCE mailing list or visit the UPCE bargaining page on PSAC’s national website. You can also email your questions or feedback to us at Nego2017upce-sepc@psac-afpc.com .

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