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Not Backing Down

Any concession is a threat to our hard-earned rights and benefits and will undoubtedly set the tone for future bargaining with separate employers and those that are provincially and municipally legislated. In other words, we are all affected by concession bargaining. Check back for ongoing updates about the attack on sick leave and what we're doing to fight concession bargaining.

Sick leave doesn’t cost government extra: PBO report

The Parliamentary Budget Officer released a new report today, concluding that it costs almost nothing extra to pay sick leave to federal civil servants. This is because most departments don't have policies in place to backfill for sick leave. 

July 16, 2014

PSAC member reaches out to MP for answers on sick leave attacks

When Yvonne Hein heard about Tony Clement's plan to take away accumulated sick leave benefits from federal public service workers, the PSAC/Agriculture Union member decided to let her MP know exactly how she felt about it. She wrote the following letter to Shelley Glover, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface in Winnipeg. She has yet to receive a response.

July 13, 2014

Marianne Hladun disputes op-ed criticizing sick leave

On Wednesday, the Winnipeg Sun published an op-ed ("Sick of union entitlement") that called the attacks on PSAC members' sick leave "common sense".

Prairies REVP Marianne Hladun had her own thoughts on the subject and sent the following response to the paper. Her letter was published on July 15, 2014.

July 11, 2014

PSAC files complaint over Treasury Board sick leave tactics

PSAC filed an unfair labour practice complaint on Monday, July 7th in response to Treasury Board’s efforts to claw back sick leave benefits from employees.

July 9, 2014

Register for the webinar on sick leave and bargaining

We will be hosting two webinars on sick leave and collective bargaining for members who live outside the regional office areas or were unable to attend one of the multi-local meetings held across the region in May and June.

All members from all employers are invited to attend and provide feedback in the ongoing fight back and share ideas for what we can do together to combat concessions and cuts to public services.    

June 24, 2014

PSAC Prairies members on why they're boycotting NPSW

Stephen Harper isn’t exactly a proponent of organized labour. He’s also not a big fan of strong public services or the public service workers that provide them. His government’s attacks on public services and union members across this country have been relentless.

But PSAC members are fighting back. Last week members across the region took it upon themselves to counter the anti-labour rhetoric by submitting letters to the editor of their local newspapers.

June 23, 2014

Marianne Hladun criticizes government's empty gesture in NPSW letter

Marianne Hladun submitted the following letter regarding National Public Service Week to the Winnipeg Free Press.

June 16, 2014

Stand united, Boycott National Public Service Week in your local

PSAC is calling on our members to boycott National Public Service Week for the third year. It’s important that we do not participate in events that claim to “honour” workers while simultaneously slashing jobs and forcing us into bargaining.

May 31, 2014

Collective Bargaining Process Under Bill C-4

The following flow charts are meant to assist members in understanding how the bargaining process has changed due to Bill C-4, especially with respect to essential services. Each chart follows the same template but is marked with an expiry date unique to the corresponding collective agreement. 

These charts were developed for the National Bargaining Conference and are also being distributed at multi-local meetings throughout the Prairies.

May 28, 2014

Listen to the Sick Leave Telephone Town Hall

On April 30, 2014, the PSAC Prairie Region hosted a live and interactive telephone town hall. Nearly 4,000 members throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba participated in the one-hour call to discuss important information about the attack on sick leave.

May 8, 2014
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