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CIU Local 19 Marches With PSAC Local 501

Photo from the CIU 019 Rally at Blue Water Bridge, Nov 28

On November 28, CIU Local 019 in Sarnia held a rally at the Blue Water Bridge crossing both in support of the CIU bargaining teams and as a display of solidarity with our Sisters and Brothers from PSAC local 501 in their ongoing strike for a fair contract.

With megaphones, banners, and flags leading the way, all members in attendance marched united on the public property of the Bluewater Bridge, making sure to stop under the managerial offices of the Federal Bridge Corporation to make their voices heard loudly and clearly.

The rally provided Local 501 with renewed energy as they continue their fight for a fair contract without concessions. Thank you to all Sisters and Brothers from Sarnia and those who joined them, including Sarnia Branch President Brother Coene, CIU Youth Rep Sister Baert, Toronto Branch President Brother Sutcliffe, Fort Erie Branch President Brother VanHelvert, and Fort Erie 1st VP Brother Kontogianis. Great job!

Treasury Board Bargaining Resumes November 1


The five bargaining teams will be back at the table with Treasury Board between November 1 and November 7 to resume negotiations for new collective agreements.

Revised Mandate

Treasury Board has indicated that they have a revised mandate on some of the key issues in this round of bargaining.

Make Good on Your Word Campaign

This comes at a time when PSAC has intensified our public outreach and advertising campaign, Make Good on Your Word, calling on Justin Trudeau to make good on his promise to respect public services and the people who provide them.

“Now is the time for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government to make good on their word and come back to the bargaining table with a Liberal mandate,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President. “After 26 months of negotiations, we want a collective agreement.”

PSAC’s Bargaining Priorities

  • Healthier workplaces
  • Strong public services and fair treatment for workers if service delivery changes
  • Wages that keep up with inflation and the job market

Support Your Bargaining Teams on October 31

On October 31, join with PSAC members across the country to support your bargaining teams and deliver a strong message to Prime Minister Trudeau:

  • Dump the Conservative bargaining agenda
  • Start talking to us about real change for a better public service
  • Make good on your word – Canadians are counting on us

Please contact your local, or the closest PSAC regional office, to find out how you can participate. Check out the PSAC website, Facebook, and Twitter (as well as the CIU website, Facebook, and Twitter) for updates.

We will provide a bargaining update shortly after this round of negotiations. Thank you for your ongoing patience and support!

A version of this article was originally published on the PSAC website

PSAC Calls On Justin Trudeau to Make Good On His Word

Make Good On Your Word Campaign Banner

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is launching a series of radio and print ads today, appealing directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make good on his word to support public service workers.

“Last year, Mr. Trudeau wrote to all public service workers promising to treat them with respect and restore the cuts made by Stephen Harper,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President. “It has been a year since the election. The tone has changed, but it’s now time for action.”

At the most recent set of negotiations between PSAC and the Treasury Board, it was clear that the Liberal government is still using the Conservatives’ bargaining agenda.

“They came with the same proposals as the previous government and many of our members are still dealing with the problems caused by the Phoenix pay system,” said Benson. “Supporting the people who deliver the vital services Canadians depend on is in everyone’s best interest.”

For more information on the radio and print ads, visit makegoodonyourword.ca.

This article was originally published on the PSAC website

PSAC National President Continues to Work Toward Fair and Complete Phoenix Compensation

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For months, we’ve been hearing from many of our members about the difficulties they’ve faced as a result of ongoing problems with the federal government’s pay system. Our members who were not paid accurately or on-time have faced penalties, interest charges and exceptional fees.

Compensation: The committee tasked to deal with Phoenix-related compensation, co-chaired by PSAC National President Robyn Benson and the Secretary of the Treasury Board, meets today to further discuss optimizing the compensation process, and the right to grieve inaccurate and/or untimely pay if necessary.

PSAC continues to advocate to make the compensation process as fair as possible. The Treasury Board’s offer to compensate public service workers for Phoenix-related losses came in the wake of PSAC demands and a court application filed by PSAC and several other public service unions.

Following today’s meeting, we will provide a comprehensive update on the compensation system for our members. The claim form for compensation can be found here.

Minister Foote faces heated questioning: The Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada appeared before a Parliamentary Committee yesterday, where she faced pointed questions about her handling of the Phoenix debacle. Watch her testimony, and that of other witnesses, here.

This article was originally published on the PSAC website

Phoenix Issue: Minister Foote finally agrees to meet with PSAC

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Yesterday, the PSAC sent National President Jean-Pierre Fortin the following link regarding the Phoenix system:  Minister Foote finally agrees to meet PSAC after repeated requests

By now, we are all familiar with the problems related to the Phoenix pay system and know that some CIU members have been affected. On behalf of all CIU members, Brother Jean-Pierre Fortin wishes to recognize the extraordinary efforts of our PA group colleagues in the Pay and Benefits Section who have been dealing with this difficult situation since mid-April.

Even if the new pay system will not allow them to fix problems immediately, they are doing everything they can to process emergency salary advances and ensure their sisters and brothers are paid.

True solidarity!