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On May 31, 2017, Anishinabek Police Service (APS) officers who are represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) voted down the employer’s final offer vote conducted by the Ministry of Labour over three days (May 29-31).

“We were surprised that the employer, instead of negotiating with us, went to the members with an offer that had even more cuts then what they had last agreed to at the bargaining table”, states Sharon DeSousa, PSAC Ontario Regional Executive Vice-President.

This summer, Canadians across the country will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Publicly funded festivities will be held in every province and territory. Indigenous People of Turtle Island, however, will have quite a different perspective of this anniversary.

For most Indigenous People, Canada Day serves as a reminder of 150 years of colonialism, Indian Residential Schools, treaties not honoured, and the Indian Act. On June 21, National Aboriginal Day, let’s set the stage for a different narrative.

As a step in the continuing effort towards reconciliation, PSAC has partnered with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). We have signed on as a major sponsor of National Aboriginal Day Live, where events are planned for eight cities: Halifax, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Edmonton and Vancouver. These events will feature some of the biggest names in Indigenous music and television, including JUNO Award winners and on-the-rise artists. Talent from all genres, regions and nations, will be showcased, ensuring the recognition and inclusion of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

In a submission to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, PSAC has laid out its objections to a bill that threatens the retirement security of Canadians.

“Bill C-27 essentially gives employers the opportunity to replace defined benefit pension plans, which provide secure and predictable retirement income, with less secure target benefit pension plans,” said PSAC National President Robyn Benson. “The government should be working to expand retirement security for Canadians, not threaten it.”

The Ontario Liberal government has announced proposed changes to our existing labour laws, including:

  • Increasing the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by January 1, 2019.
  • Equal pay would be mandated for part-time workers doing the same job as full-time workers.
  • After 5 years with the same employer, the minimum vacation would rise from 2 to 3 weeks per year.
  • Employers would be required to pay a worker 3 hours of wages if the employer cancels a shift with less than 48 hours notice. 
  • All workers would be given 10 personal emergency leave days a year, and a minimum of 2 of those days must be paid.
  • The extension of card-based certification to temporary workers, building services workers and community care workers. 

The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed a Treasury Board request for a judicial review of an adjudication decision that ruled certain employees were entitled to salary protection after being classified downwards.

On May 24, in a rare move, the Court issued its ruling shortly after hearing only the employer’s arguments. The Court did not need to hear PSAC’s presentation, as it was able to make its ruling on the basis of our written submission.

PSAC welcomes the news that the government has heard our demand to hire more staff for the Miramich

PSAC welcomes the news that the government has heard our demand to hire more staff for the Miramichi pay centre and the satellite pay centres. The government must also ensure that the Phoenix programming problems are addressed; otherwise federal public service workers will continue to experience disruption in pay.