Text Size: AAA


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

Ontario parents with young children are one step closer to accessing affordable high quality child care with the provincial government’s recent pledge to take both immediate and longer term action to create a universal accessible child care system.

“Our union working hand in hand with a broad-based group of parents and child care advocates seized the political moment in this province to win an important commitment from government to expand the availability of child care while making sure it becomes affordable and of higher quality.” said Sharon De Sousa, Ontario Regional Executive Vice-President for the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

The latest update on Phoenix, shows a large remaining backlog of cases. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) provided the latest information on the public service pay system in a media teleconference on June 2.

“We are not surprised,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President. “It’s been almost 18 months since the government launched Phoenix and it feels like we are nowhere near the end of this mess.”

Large backlog of cases remains

According to the update, there are still 345,000 pay transactions in the system, which is about 265,000 more than they can process in any given month.