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Statement on the Shooting in Fredericton

Fredericton

Two members of the law enforcement community and two civilians tragically lost their lives when they were shot on August 10, 2018, in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Constables Lawrence Robert “Robb” Costello and Sara Mae Helen Burns died in the line of duty while responding to a shooting that also left civilians Donald “Donnie” Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright dead.

This sad and grim event reminds us of the selfless nature of the work that fellow peace officers like Robb Costello and Sara Burns perform everyday, notwithstanding the sometimes fatal consequences. Displaying courage in the face of adversity, both officers laid down their lives protecting their fellow Canadians.

Our thoughts are with the people of Fredericton and New Brunswick, along with the larger law enforcement community, as we offer our most sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the deceased.

FB Bargaining: Members of Equity Groups Encouraged to Apply to Upcoming Conference

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) is issuing a call-out for equity group members to attend the Border Services (FB) National Bargaining Conference. PSAC equity activists (Indigenous Peoples, racialized workers, LGBTQ2+ members, and members with disabilities), Regional Women’s Committee (RWC) members, and young worker activists (35 years old or younger) are encouraged to apply:

FB National Bargaining Conference

  • October 10 – 12, 2018
  • Marriott Residence Inn, 161 Laurier Street, Ottawa, ON
  • Component: Customs and Immigration Union (CIU)

Bargaining conferences bring together members to discuss and prioritize the issues that will be negotiated during the upcoming rounds of collective bargaining.

The participation of all groups is critical. We especially encourage equity group members, young workers and RWC members to participate in these upcoming conferences to ensure important equity issues are represented at the bargaining table.

How to apply

To attend the FB National Bargaining Conference:

  • delegates must be employed by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA),
  • hold office in CIU, or
  • demonstrate evidence of union activism.

Please submit your application before August 17, 2018 to be considered for the upcoming conference.

A version of this article was posted on the PSAC website.

PA, EB, TC & SV Bargaining: Letter to MPs

Bargaining

After more than two years of hardships under Phoenix, our members continue to show up to work every day and deliver the services Canadians depend on. PSAC expects this government to negotiate a collective agreement that recognizes the value of their work and their dedication to Canadians.

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Classification Reform: PSAC Files PA Bargaining Unit Policy Grievance

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has filed a policy grievance on behalf of the Program and Administrative Services (PA) bargaining unit in response to Treasury Board failing to meet classification reform deadlines.

The classification reform process

Classification reform across most of our Treasury Board bargaining units has been a painstakingly slow process that was further delayed throughout the years of Harper’s cutbacks.

In the last round of negotiations, PSAC’s bargaining team negotiated stronger language into the PA collective agreement regarding a review of the occupational group structure, as well as general timelines for classification reform. The occupational group structure review was to be completed by December 30, 2017.

Failing to meet deadlines

During this round of bargaining, the employer was expected to come to the table ready to negotiate with new classification standards and job descriptions for the PA group. The employer has failed to meet that obligation, which has led to the filing of the policy grievance.

PSAC’s long-standing objectives on classification reform continue to be:

  • replacement of the current, very outdated Treasury Board classification system;
  • development of job evaluation standards and job descriptions that reflect current work realities and that are pay equity compliant.

Now that collective bargaining has resumed we will be addressing this issue at the negotiation table in addition to enforcing the existing contract.

PSAC will continue to pursue a classification system that will evaluate and compensate all of our members fairly and equitably for the important work they do.

A version of this article was posted on the PSAC website.

Reminder: 2018 Bargaining Demands Input Call for Border Services (FB) Group

FB Bargaining

The Public Service Alliance of Canada will soon be approaching the employer to begin negotiations for the renewal of the collective agreement for the FB Group. To ensure that we succeed in achieving the demands of importance to the membership, member participation and direct input into the process is critical.

Members of the bargaining unit are encouraged to fill out the online form to provide the improvements and changes they would like to see made to the collective agreement.

This form will be online and open for input until July 27, 2018.

A version of this article was first posted on the PSAC website.