Treasury Board bargaining teams set for next round of talks

June 4, 2021

After months of preparation, bargaining teams for the PASVTC and EB groups are now gearing up for their first meetings with the employer in June. They’ll aim to build on the gains negotiated in the last round of negotiations and put forward proposals that reflect the new realities of our post-pandemic workplaces.

This spring, Treasury Board members took part in the first virtual PSAC National Bargaining Conference, where they reviewed and prioritized the bargaining proposals submitted by PSAC members from across the country, and elected their bargaining teams.

At the common issues table, the bargaining team will negotiate proposals that encompass the needs of all federal public service workers employed by Treasury Board, while teams at each table will negotiate improvements specific to their membership. 

Bargaining dates: 

  • Common issues: June 14-15
  • SV group: June 16-17
  • TC group: June 16-17
  • PA group: June 22-23
  • EB group: June 22-23  

To support your elected bargaining team members, we encourage you to download and use your team’s virtual background for all your work meetings and swap out your social media profile picture during National Public Service Week, June 13–19. 

Bargaining graphics:

Over the next few months, we’ll launch some exciting new engagement tools to help you build support for your team. We are also organizing opportunities for members to learn more about the bargaining process and how to engage with colleagues virtually.

Your commitment to Canadians throughout the pandemic has been invaluable, and we’ll continue to fight for a contract that reflects that. Make sure to keep your contact information up to date to receive all the latest updates and stay connected with your PSAC regional office as we prepare to negotiate your next contract.  

Source: Treasury Board bargaining teams set for next round of talks  | Public Service Alliance of Canada (psacunion.ca)

TB members set priorities at National Bargaining Conference

April 30, 2021

PSAC members from the PA, SV, EB and TC groups came together for the first-ever virtual National Bargaining Conference April 26-29 to discuss the bargaining issues that will drive the next round of Treasury Board (TB) bargaining.  

The pandemic has had a profound impact on the way we live and work, exposed glaring inequalities for marginalized workers and raised other major issues that we need to address through collective bargaining.  

Over the last few months, we’ve asked Treasury Board members to send us their feedback about how the pandemic has impacted them and put forward their proposals to help reshape the federal public service in the wake of COVID-19.  

At the conference, delegates prioritized their proposals for the next round of bargaining that kicks off this summer and elected their respective bargaining teams. 

Key bargaining issues discussed at the conference include: 

Remote work 

We believe that provisions governing remote work will be most effective when they are negotiated into collective agreements. We must also ensure that remote work is free from remote surveillance and unreasonable performance expectations, that employers cover associated expenses, and that concerns relating to accommodations, ergonomics and health and safety are addressed. 

Technological changes 

New and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence are poised to play a bigger role in supporting government decision-making and the delivery of public services. We must be properly notified and consulted on these changes, and ensure that any impacts on members are addressed. 

Fair wages 

In every round of bargaining it is imperative that we maintain our hard-fought gains – and that includes making sure that we secure increased wages that reflect the rising cost of living, and our members’ hard work and dedication. 

Many PSAC members are also experiencing a widening wage gap compared to their private-sector counterparts. To continue attracting strong candidates for public service jobs, we must negotiate compensation in line with that of workers in similar occupations in industry. 

Contracting out and privatization 

Contracting out and privatization of public services increases costs and risk to taxpayers, reduces quality of services, erodes the internal capacity of the public service, creates precarious work, and undermines initiatives that address pay equity and systemic racism. 

We must tackle the alarming increase in contracting out of government work, including through temporary staffing agencies. 

Work-life balance 

With the shift to remote work, we must secure the right of members to disconnect from electronic work devices outside of working hours. We must also expand leave provisions (e.g. 699 leave, family-responsibilities leave, sick leave) to improve work-life balance, which is especially critical for women, caregivers and those with disabilities. 

We also need to negotiate flexible work options that allow members to shape their workday to match their personal and family responsibilities. 

Classification and gender pay gaps 

The outdated classification system used in the public service continues to be completely unresponsive to the work done by many PSAC members. It doesn’t meet the needs of this century’s workplaces and discriminates against work categories dominated by women. We must close the gender pay gap and move towards a gender-neutral classification system that properly measures the work that members do and fully complies with pay equity laws in Canada. 

Systemic racism in the workplace 

Systemic racism continues to prevent the public service from reaching its full potential. We must actively address the barriers and discrimination faced by racialized and Indigenous workers and ensure that all our members’ workplaces not only reject racism, but actively work to dismantle the structures that sustain it. 

We also plan to call on the federal government to provide education to public service workers on the history of Indigenous peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Indigenous rights, Indigenous law, and Indigenous–Crown relations. 

Job security 

The current period of economic uncertainty emphasizes the need for a fairer workforce adjustment (WFA) process in case of layoffs. The current WFA process threatens more employees with potential displacement than is necessary and forces workers to re-interview for their own jobs, resulting in serious stress and other mental health impacts on affected members. 

We must oppose all forms of precarious employment and ensure that all members have timely access to indeterminate employment. 

Next steps 

Over the next few months, the elected bargaining teams for the PA, SV, EB and TC groups will meet and discuss the bargaining issues prioritized at the National Bargaining Conference and will work on a final package of bargaining demands that will be exchanged with the employer over the summer.  

Make sure to keep your contact information up to date via the member portal to receive all the latest updates as we prepare to negotiate your next contract. 

Source: TB members set priorities at National Bargaining Conference | Public Service Alliance of Canada (psacunion.ca)

Retro pay and economic increase schedule announced for Parks members

March 26, 2021

The Parks Canada Agency has announced the payment schedule for the implementation of monetary provisions in the recently signed collective agreement. 

Signature Economic increase and adjustments paycheque dateRetro paycheque   $500 lump sum paycheque 
Parks Canada Workers  January 14, 2021  April 14, 2021 May 12, 2021  May 26, 2021  

This schedule is tentative, and Parks Canada may still make changes. Note that Phoenix damages payments were made on March 3

Please keep your contact information up to date via the member portal to continue receiving information about the implementation of collective agreements and the Phoenix settlement. 

Help us prepare for the next round of bargaining 

PSAC is getting ready to negotiate your next collective agreement with Parks Canada. This next round of talks will be all about the future of work in the federal public service and you can help decide what your union bargaining team brings to the table by completing our member survey.  

Please take 15 minutes to fill out the Parks Canada survey to make sure we address your workplace concerns at the table. Your input is essential. We need to hear directly from you about what has changed over the last year. And we need to know more about you so that we can make the case for a contract that equitably addresses our members’ diverse needs. The survey will be open until April 9, 2021

Source: Retro pay and economic increase schedule announced for Parks members | Public Service Alliance of Canada (psacunion.ca)

Parks & CFIA survey: You can shape the future of work in the public service

March 15, 2021

The pandemic has radically changed the way many PSAC members work. We have experienced the challenges of working remotely from home or having to work onsite with new protection measures; the impact of technological changes; the effect of an uncertain economy on job security; and the major inequalities that remain for women, racialized workers, and many other marginalized groups. These are some of the key issues that can be addressed in the next round of bargaining that begins this summer. 

This next round of talks will be all about the future of work in the federal public service and you can help decide what your union bargaining team brings to the table by completing our member surveys. 

Each survey is for PSAC members in the Parks Canada Agency and Canada Food Inspection Agency groups. They will be open until April 9th, 2021

Take 15 minutes to fill out our Parks Canada survey or CFIA survey to make sure we address your workplace concerns at the table. Your input is essential. We need to hear directly from you about what has changed over the last year. And we need to know more about you so that we can make the case for a contract that equitably addresses our members’ diverse needs. 

Your participation in the Parks Canada survey or CFIA survey and the broader bargaining process is key to our success in the next round of talks. 

Your component union and PSAC will review your proposals and they, along with the survey’s results, will be discussed at a bargaining conference of member delegates from across the country who will decide the bargaining priorities. 

The current collective agreements expire on the following dates: 

Parks: August 4, 2021 
CFIA: December 31, 2021 

Please keep your contact information up to date via the member portal to receive more updates as we prepare to negotiate your next contract. 

Source: Parks & CFIA survey: You can shape the future of work in the public service | Public Service Alliance of Canada (psacunion.ca)

SSO bargaining: Online information sessions available, new bargaining dates set

February 19, 2021

PSAC’s Statistical Survey Operations bargaining team will be holding online bargaining information sessions across the country to bring members up to speed on the issues at the table.  

Negotiations between PSAC (Regional Offices and Field Units at SSO) and the employer kicked off in early December, with bargaining continuing January 27-28. New dates have also been set for the first week of March. 

Negotiations were delayed in part due to the pandemic and the lengthy hiring process of a new employer negotiator.  

During the information sessions, SSO members will have the opportunity to discuss the bargaining proposals put forward by both PSAC and the employer.  

PSAC’s core bargaining demands include: 

  • Better job security, hours of work and schedules; 
  • Improved maternity and parental leave benefits; 
  • Greater protections against harassment and abuse of authority; 
  • 10 paid days of domestic violence leave; 
  • Improved shift premiums for evenings and weekend; 
  • Leave improvements for sick leave, family leave, vacation leave and compassionate care and caregiving leave. 

Discussions continue on these and other proposals as the negotiation process gets underway. 
 
PSAC proposals:

Employer proposals:

Online information sessions

PSAC national negotiator Hassan Husseini is working with bargaining team members across Canada to organize the online bargaining information sessions over the next few weeks. Please stay tuned for announcements from your local about upcoming meetings in your region.  

We encourage you to make every effort to attend and stay informed about the issues at stake.  

Source: SSO bargaining: Online information sessions available, new bargaining dates set | Public Service Alliance of Canada (psacunion.ca)

Treasury Board bargaining survey: You can shape the future of work in the public service

January 26, 2021

The pandemic has radically changed the way many PSAC members work. We have experienced the challenges of working remotely from home; the impact of technological changes;  the effect of an uncertain economy on job security; and the major inequalities that remain for women, racialized workers, and many other marginalized groups. These are some of the key issues that can be addressed in the next round of bargaining that begins this summer.

This next round of talks will be all about the future of work in the federal public service and you can help decide what your union bargaining team brings to the table.

Take 15 minutes to fill out our survey to make sure we address your workplace concerns at the table. Your input is essential. We need to hear directly from you about what has changed over the last year. And we need to know more about you so that we can make the case for a contract that equitably addresses our members’ diverse needs.

Your participation in this survey and the broader bargaining process is key to our success in the next round of talks.

The survey is for members in the Program and Administrative Services (PA)Technical Services (TC)Operational Services (SV) and Education and Library Science (EB) groups. It will be open until February 25, 2021.

We are also still accepting your specific proposals for improving your next contract until January 31. Your component union and PSAC will review your proposals and they, along with the survey’s results, will be discussed at a bargaining conference of member delegates from across the country who will decide the bargaining priorities.

The current collective agreements expire on the following dates:

PA: June 20, 2021
TC: June 21, 2021
SV: August 4, 2021
EB: June 30, 2021

Please keep your contact information up to date via the member portal to receive more updates as we prepare to negotiate your next contract.

Source: Treasury Board bargaining survey: You can shape the future of work in the public service | Public Service Alliance of Canada (psacunion.ca)

PSAC and Parks Canada Agency sign new collective agreement

January 18, 2021

The new collective agreement between PSAC and Parks Canada Agency was signed late last week. The deal was ratified by Parks members on November 4. The new collective agreement gives over 6,000 Parks workers a competitive economic increase, greater parity with the core public service, no concessions, and improved working conditions and job security.   

Implementation period begins

The formal signing of the agreement means new contract terms are now in effect, with the exception of monetary provisions which are retroactive. Parks Canada has 180 days to implement wage increases, wage adjustments and allowances.

As explained in the contract ratification kit, in view of this extended implementation timeline, PSAC negotiated a $500 lump sum payment for members into these new contracts. An additional $50 will be added for every subsequent 90-day delay.

Please keep your contact information up to date via the member portal to continue receiving information about implementation of collective agreements and the Phoenix settlement.

Source: PSAC and Parks Canada Agency sign new collective agreement | Public Service Alliance of Canada (psacunion.ca)

Treasury Board bargaining: Tell us how to improve your next contract

December 11, 2020

PSAC is getting ready for the next round of bargaining for the Program and Administrative Services (PA)Technical Services (TC)Operational Services (SV) and Education and Library Science (EB) groups. As the first step in this process, we need to hear from you.

What would you like to see in your next collective agreement? Improved arrangements for teleworking? Better work-life balance? More support for mental health? This is your opportunity to share your ideas with us. Your participation is crucial to our strength as a union.

Send us your proposals by logging into our online form.

It’s quick and simple. If you don’t have an account on our site, you can create one now.

We are accepting input until January 31, 2021.

Your component union and PSAC will then review all your proposals and bring them to the next bargaining conference, to be held this spring, where delegates from locals across the country will prioritize them for negotiations. Talks for the next contracts are expected to begin in the summer of 2021.

The current collective agreements expire on the following dates:

PA: June 20, 2021
TC: June 21, 2021
SV: August 4, 2021
EB: June 30, 2021

Please keep your contact information up to date via the member portal to receive more updates as we prepare to negotiate your next contract.

Source: Treasury Board bargaining: Tell us how to improve your next contract | Public Service Alliance of Canada (psacunion.ca)

Retro pay and economic increase schedule announced for Treasury Board and CRA bargaining units

December 3, 2020

Treasury Board and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) have provided PSAC with a payment schedule for the implementation of monetary provisions now that the PAEBTCSV and PSAC-UTE collective agreements have been signed.

 Economic increase and adjustments pay cheque dateRetroactive pay cheque date$500 lump sum (for late implementation) pay cheque date$400 lump sum pay cheque date (only for UTE members)
PANov. 25, 2020Feb. 3, 2021Apr. 14, 2021 
TCDec. 23, 2020Mar. 17, 2021Apr. 14, 2021 
SVDec. 23, 2020Mar. 17, 2021Apr. 28, 2021 
EBFeb. 17, 2021Apr. 14, 2021Apr. 28, 2021 
UTEDec. 23, 2020Spring 2021Spring 2021Dec. 23, 2020

This schedule is tentative and Treasury Board and CRA may still make changes.

Payment schedules for the Phoenix settlement have still not been finalized by Treasury Board and CRA. Please keep your contact information up to date via the member portal to continue receiving information about the implementation of collective agreements and the Phoenix settlement.

CFIA and Parks Canada units

PSAC is working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Parks Canada to finalize the text and pay grids of the new agreements – ratified in November – and expects to sign both new contracts shortly.

FB bargaining

The Border Services (FB) bargaining unit remains in talks with Treasury Board and the Canada Border Service Agency. Please check PSAC’s website for the latest developments.

Source: Retro pay and economic increase schedule announced for Treasury Board and CRA bargaining units | Public Service Alliance of Canada (psacunion.ca)

PSAC and Treasury Board sign EB and SV deals

PSAC and Treasury Board today signed new collective agreements for the Education and Library Sciences (EB) and Operations Services (SV) groups that were ratified by members on September 29 and October 5, respectively. The two bargaining units account for over 10,000 federal public service workers. PSAC has now signed collective agreements for around 120,000 federal public service workers. 

Implementation period begins 

The formal signing of the agreements today means that with the exception of monetary provisions, which are retroactive, new contract terms are in effect. Treasury Board now has 180 days to implement wage increases, wage adjustments and allowances. As explained in the contract ratification kits, in view of this extended implementation timeline which is normally 90 days, PSAC negotiated a $500 lump sum payment for members into these new contracts. 

Parks and CFIA units 

Members in the Parks and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) groups also recently ratified their tentative agreements. PSAC is working with both agencies to finalize the text and pay grids of the new agreements and expects to sign the new deals in the coming weeks.  

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Please keep your contact information up to date via the member portal to continue receiving information about implementation of collective agreements and the Phoenix settlement