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PA, TC, EB & SV Groups: PSAC Exchanges Bargaining Proposals With Treasury Board

Bargaining

Collective bargaining has officially begun for 90,000 PSAC members. This week, PSAC bargaining teams met with Treasury Board officials. Both the union and the employer exchanged their bargaining proposals and clarified initial questions.

Federal public service workers in the Program and Administrative Services (PA), Technical Services (TC), Education and Library Science (EB) and Operational Services (SV) bargaining units are seeking new collective agreements in this round of bargaining.

Their current contracts will expire within the next four months.

This is the first of three negotiation meetings scheduled throughout the summer to discuss group-specific proposals and common issues affecting all employees.

The next scheduled meetings are to take place from June 20 to 21 and July 10 to 12.

For more than two years our members have endured countless hardships because of the Phoenix pay system fiasco, but they continued to show up to work every day and deliver the critical services Canadians depend on. We expect the Liberal government to come to the table with a deal that reflects that level of commitment and the value of their work.

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

PSAC Serves Notice to Bargain with Treasury Board

Bargaining

This week, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) served notice to the Treasury Board to begin collective bargaining negotiations on behalf of its membership.

“After two years of Phoenix pay problems, our members continue to show up to work and deliver the services Canadians depend on. The least they deserve is a fair collective agreement that recognizes the value of their work and the importance of the services they provide to Canadians,” said PSAC National President Robyn Benson.

PSAC represents about 90,000 federal public service workers who are employed by the Treasury Board of Canada. The current collective agreements for the the following bargaining units will expire within the next four months:

“This government promised a new and respectful relationship with public service workers, but that didn’t happen when the Liberals ignored our warnings about implementing Phoenix,” added Benson. “Hopefully they can start to earn back the trust of our members by coming to the table with a mandate to negotiate a fair deal.”

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

PA, TC, SV, and EB Groups: PSAC to Start Bargaining Process for 100,000 Federal Government Workers in March

Bargaining

PSAC members from coast-to-coast-to-coast who are covered under four of the collective agreements with Treasury Board will be gathering in Ottawa, March 26-29, 2018 to elect bargaining teams and discuss proposals for the upcoming round of bargaining.

“PSAC’s number one priority is getting the best deal for our members,” said PSAC National President Robyn Benson. “We have a democratic process for prioritizing the proposals we bring to the bargaining table. The bargaining conference is a critical step in ensuring our members have their say.”

Over 100,000 federal public service workers are covered under the PA, TC, SV, and EB collective agreements.

How Treasury Board bargaining works

The current collective agreements for the four groups will all expire within the next six months:

  • Program and Administrative Services (PA) group collective agreement expires on June 20, 2018
  • Technical Services (TC) group collective agreement expires on June 21, 2018
  • Education and Library Science (EB) group collective agreement expires on June 30, 2018
  • Operational Services (SV) group collective agreement expires on August 4, 2018

PSAC will begin negotiating new collective agreements for all four groups shortly after the March bargaining conference. The chart below briefly outlines the complete process.

Bargaining FlowchartA version of this article was first published on the PSAC website.

PSAC to File Complaint – Treasury Board Will Not Meet PA, SV, TC & EB Collective Agreements Deadline

Bargaining

PSAC is taking swift action in response to Treasury Board’s admission that it will not be meeting the implementation deadline for the PA, SV, TC and EB collective agreements. On behalf of the over 100,000 workers covered by these agreements, PSAC will file a complaint with the federal Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board.

“PSAC is seeking compensation for our members,” said PSAC National President Robyn Benson. “This government irresponsibly moved forward with the Phoenix rollout, despite our warnings. Our members continue to suffer because of that decision and it is unacceptable.”

In a meeting last week, Treasury Board officials confirmed that it would not meet the 150-day implementation deadline for all the workers covered by the four collective agreements. These agreements, which took over two and a half years to negotiate, were signed on June 14, 2017.

This admission confirmed PSAC’s suspicion that Phoenix would derail implementation. PSAC will ask the Board to order the Employer to pay damages to those affected, and to take all necessary steps to immediately comply with the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Act and implement the terms of the Collective Agreements.

Once the employer has responded to the complaint a hearing date will be set. PSAC will continue to keep its members updated on developments.

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

Update on Collective Agreement Implementation for PA Group

PA Bargaining

Over the course of the August 5, 2017 weekend, the employer began the salary update for members of the Programs and Administrative Services Group (PA).

Even though changes are being made to Phoenix and HR systems the adjustments will not immediately appear on employees’ pay. Given that employees are paid in arrears, they will begin seeing new rates starting with the August 23 payday. Your new salary rate should be reflected on the August 23 pay. If you find any mistakes in your pay, contact the human resources unit in your department and notify your PSAC union representative.

Retroactive payments will be issued over the full timeframe of the implementation schedule, up to November 11, 2017. Some PA group members may receive one full retro payment; others may receive it in multiple payments over multiple pay periods, due to the need for manual processing of some transactions.

Please continue to monitor updates at psacunion.ca/pa.

A version of this article was also published on the PSAC website.