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The president of the Treasury Board, Minister Scott Brison today informed PSAC that the Liberals will be repealing the Harper government’s Bill C4, division 17 that restricted our members’ rights to collective bargaining.

“We recognize this as an attempt to correct some of the harm done by the Conservatives. We are looking forward to further discussions to ensure that this round of bargaining will be conducted in a fair manner,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President.

This is a special message to encourage all PSAC members who work in the federal public service, including members at Parks Canada, the Canadian Border Service Agency, Canada Revenue Agency and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, to join whatever action your locals are organizing on June 8 to support our bargaining teams.

The course of collective bargaining for the entire federal public sector will be set when our Treasury Board bargaining teams are back at the bargaining table on June 18.

PSAC welcomes workers from the the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Lesmill Lab, who were officially certified to join our union on May 16, 2016. These 92 new members work in Toronto in an I.T. facility owned by the OLG and have endured years of wage freezes.

The desire for better working conditions and concerns about an impending privatization motivated them to join our union.

Following the successful unionization of their colleagues in Sault Ste Marie, OLG Lesmill workers reached out to PSAC about a campaign of their own. Like non-union OLG workers across the province, those at Lesmill had their wages frozen for years.

PSAC has negotiated a settlement with Statistical Survey Operations (SSO) that will put outstanding pay equity money into the hands of our members.

The settlement will apply to thousands of eligible current and former Interviewers and Senior Interviewers who worked at Statistics Canada between March 8, 1985 and November 5, 1987 and for SSO between November 6, 1987 and November 30, 2013.

"This a huge victory for thousands of our members," said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President. "PSAC has fought to reach a pay equity settlement with Statistical Survey Operations for years."

In light of the slow pace of negotiations with the new Liberal government, the PSAC is calling on members to boycott the government’s National Public Service Week to be held June 12-18 this year.

The Liberal government has yet to deliver on their stated commitment to repair their relationship with the public service and restore respect for public service workers.

That is why we strongly encourage our members to boycott National Public Service Week and to urge their co-workers to do the same.

We need to show this new government that we are united in our demands at the table. 

PSAC President Robyn Benson conveyed our union’s serious concerns about the implementation of the final phase of the Phoenix pay system in a recent meeting with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) on April 25. PSAC has been sounding the alarm on this pay system for months now.

Benson shared her concerns that our members are still not getting paid properly. And the stress continues to mount for the employees in Miramichi who are working on the new system.