Tag Archives: tb

PSAC members ratify tentative agreements for over 155,000 workers

Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada working for Treasury Board and Canada Revenue Agency have voted overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying their tentative agreements. Members in the PA, SV, TC, EB, and CRA bargaining groups participated in nationwide ratification votes from May 24 to June 16.

The new collective agreements – spanning from 2021 to 2024 – provide wage increases that close the gap with inflation, totaling 12.6% in compounded wage increases over the contract. PSAC also secured the strongest remote work language in the country, better job security for workers and commitments to build safer and more inclusive workplaces.

“Today, we celebrate our members who showed unwavering commitment and solidarity throughout the bargaining process, and during one of the most pivotal strikes in this country’s history,” said Chris Aylward, PSAC National President. “We fought together and secured important gains that set the bar not only for our members, but for all workers in Canada.”

Read the details: 

Next steps 

In the coming weeks, PSAC will meet with Treasury Board and CRA representatives to sign the new collective agreements. All non-monetary terms of the collective agreement will come into effect immediately after signing.

Treasury Board and CRA have 180 days from the date of signing the new collective agreements to raise the pay according to the new rates and provide retroactive pay for the time elapsed since the expiry of the previous contracts.

This article was first posted on the PSAC website.

Breaking down the gains in PSAC’s Treasury Board settlement, and individual summaries of PA, EB, TC, and SV agreements

In the hours after reaching a deal with Treasury Board, PSAC shared with members the highlights of the wage increases and remote work language that were negotiated.

As  PSAC prepares the ratification kits that contain the full details of the new agreements to share with you in the coming days, here are more details and clarification on the key improvements the union secured in this round of bargaining.

Please see the following page on the PSAC website for a breakdown of these gains.

Individual summaries

PSAC has also published summaries of each tentative agreement (PA, EB, TC, SV). Review them here:

Tentative agreement for Treasury Board units: A heartfelt thank you to all members

Photo rally

In the early morning of May 1, 2023, on what would have been the 13th day of strike for 120,000 Treasury Board members, PSAC announced that a tentative agreement had been reached for the PA, EB, TC and SV bargaining units, securing a fair contract for members and ending this round of strike action.

It goes without saying that this strike — the largest in the Canadian public sector in recent memory — owes much of its success to the sustained dedication and engagement of members everywhere. The union is only as strong as its members are united, and we thank you wholeheartedly for supporting your bargaining teams and showing the employer what can be accomplished when we fight as one.

Thank you to all striking members and activists who walked the picket line and rallied day in, day out, rain or shine. Thank you to all in essential positions who found ways to support strike efforts despite having to report to work. And, last but not least, thank you to all FB members who, regardless of not being on strike, showed up to shoulder their fellow union members in their hour of need, amplifying their call for fair treatment.

An exemplary display of inter-union and inter-unit solidarity, the past two weeks have proven to be yet another watershed moment for the Customs and Immigration Union, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, and the labour movement at large, as we build upon past labour actions to reinforce our capacity to fight for — and win — better, fairer working conditions for all members.

We have never been more united. We have never been stronger.

Stay up to date

See the following link for more information about the tentative agreement. As per PSAC, in the coming days, a full explanation of the new agreements, and a copy of the new language, will be provided once they have been fully translated for the PA, SV, TC and EB groups. PSAC members will shortly thereafter be invited to participate in online ratification votes. Details about the votes will be shared as soon as possible.

Support CRA workers!

While the strike is over for Treasury Board members, it continues for 35,000 CRA members. We encourage all our members to show support — be it by attending a picket line outside of your work hours, or in any other way. No gesture is too small!

Treasury Board strike, day 10 : Members’ determination doesn’t go unnoticed

PSAC and CIU members once again ramped up the pressure across the country today, with highly effective pickets at several ports of entry resulting in increased border wait times in locations such as Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, ON, Ambassador Bridge, in Windsor, ON, and the Aldergrove port of entry in BC. Picket lines, big and small, were also present in Stanstead, QC, Edmonton, AB, Fort Frances, ON, Halifax, NS, St. John’s, NL, and more.

With the announcement this afternoon of renewed talks between PSAC and Treasury Board, it’s safe to say that the employer took notice of our members’ resolve and determination. As PSAC continues bargaining this weekend in order to reach a fair deal for 155,000 Treasury Board and CRA members, we can only be thankful for the sustained solidarity displayed by our members over the last ten days.

To the striking PA, EB, SV and TC members who are active both on and off picket lines, and to the non-striking FB members who support them in a multitude of ways: You make your union stronger.

See photos of the day, below.

Treasury Board strike, day 9: Lacolle, Pearson, and more

The 9th day of the Treasury Board and CRA strike saw members rallying at both the Toronto Pearson International Airport and the Lacolle port of entry, as strike actions continue across the country. Members also took part in pickets in Woodstock, Fort Frances, Boissevain, Sault Ste. Marie, the National Capital Region, and more.

See photos of the day, below: