Ratification Votes: CFIA (October 5 to November 4)

Register to cast your ballot in CFIA ratification votes

PSAC has now reached tentative agreements with the Canadian Federal Inspection Agency and PSAC members will have the opportunity to vote on their new collective agreements. PSAC has organized ratification votes between October 5 to November 4 in the Prairies to allow you to cast your ballot. See below to sign up for the ratification vote webinar that is most convenient for you.

Please note members must attend a webinar in order to vote. The last webinar is scheduled to be held Wednesday, October 28, 2020. Following webinar participation, members will have until November 4, 2020 to vote.

In order to be eligible to vote you must:

1.   have received your personal identification number by e-mail

2.   ensure you are a member in good standing (MIGS) 

3.   attend a 15-minute webinar session

Step 1: Receive your Personal Identification Number (PIN)

For those PSAC members for whom we have no personal email, we will send a letter in the mail containing your PIN to your home address two weeks before the beginning of the voting period. If we have a non-employer, personal e-mail address on file, we will instead send you an email with your PIN two days before the start of the voting period.  

Please take a moment to update your contact information and provide us with your personal, non-work email address. You can update your contact information online by logging into the PSAC member portal or create an account if you don’t already have one. 

If you have not received your PIN after the voting period begins, please check your junk e-mail folder and if it is not found there contact your PSAC Regional Office.

Step 2: Ensure you are a Member in Good Standing (MIGS) 

In some situations, PSAC members cease being members in good standing (MIGS) and lose the right to participate in ratification votes.  To confirm your status, please contact your PSAC component.

If you are on extended leave
If you are on extended leave (e.g., long term disability, maternity or parental leave) and therefore not a member in good standing (MIGS), you can make a request to remain in good standing to the National President via this online form. This will allow you to participate in the ratification vote. 

If you have not signed a union card or are unsure that it has been processed 
If you have never signed a union card, you will not be able to participate in the ratification process. You can fill out and sign a union card online. 

If you are unsure that you have previously signed a card or are unsure that it has been processed, simply fill out a new card online.

Even if you are already a member in good standing, please take a moment to give us your personal, non-work email address. You can update your contact information online right now.  

If you have difficulty updating your information, contact your PSAC Regional Office.

Step 3: Register for a Webinar

In order to ensure that members are fully informed prior to casting their ballot, the PSAC constitution requires all members to attend an information session before they vote. These sessions will be held by webinar and will allow members to ask questions regarding the content of the tentative agreement. The dates and times of the webinars are listed below, and you will have to register in advance. Attendance will be tracked and only those who registered and attended the full presentation will have their member profile updated on the e-voting system, enabling them to vote. 

Click on your preferred date/time below to register for the webinar. Your PSAC ID is required to register for the webinar. It is listed in the top right corner of your voter package for easy reference or you can contact your PSAC Regional Office to obtain it.

*You do not need to have received your PIN in order to register for and participate in a webinar*

You must attend a session specific to your Bargaining Unit in order for your attendance to be counted. Please note that registrations will close 90 minutes before a webinar starts. Make sure to register early in order to secure your spot.

Online webinar participation is preferred 

We strongly recommend joining via browser or the GoToWebinar app (iPhoneAndroid) as this allows us to automatically track your attendance. If you wish to join by phone, you can have your participation counted by briefly joining the webinar via browser or the app and retrieving an audio PIN using the control panel. You can then log off the online webinar to continue listening by calling in by phone and have your participation counted.

If you will be joining by phone and are unable to retrieve an audio PIN through the app or browser, please note that your attendance will not be automatically registered. Therefore, you must inform your PSAC Regional Office of your presence on the webinar. Instructions on how to do so will be provided during the webinar. If we do not have a record of your attendance, your vote will not be counted.

Requests for accommodation 

If you require any accommodation to be able to participate fully in the webinars (such as ASL interpretation), please contact your PSAC Regional Office as soon as possible. 

Technical notes
Please join the webinar a few minutes early to make sure you are able to log-in and address any technical problems in advance. The webinar may not work on all tablets.

Step 4: How to Vote

As a PSAC member working for CFIA, you will have the opportunity to vote on the tentative agreement with your employer from October 5 to November 4.

You can vote on the tentative agreement by telephone or online. As stated above, you must attend an information session before voting.

  • Using the PIN that was sent to you by e-mail or mail, you can vote any time from 8:00 a.m. (EST) the day voting begins until 12 p.m. (EST) the final day of voting after you have attended a webinar outlined in Step 3.
  • The phone number and website for voting will be provided to you during the webinar.  
  • Please be aware that if you should be interrupted while voting, you may re-access the voting system to complete your voting.
  • This vote is by secret ballot. How you vote is entirely confidential.

Ratification Vote Webinars

CFIA ratification kit, including the full text of the agreement, now available: http://psacunion.ca/cfia-ratification-kit-including-full-text

*You do not need to have received your PIN in order to register for and participate in a webinar*

CFIA VOTE – Session #1 – Thursday, October 8, 2020 – 12:30 PM CST – Register here

CFIA VOTE – Session #2 – Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – 7:00 PM CST – Register here

CFIA VOTE – Session #3 – Thursday, October 22, 2020 – 7:00 PM CST – Register here

CFIA VOTE – Session #4 – Wednesday, October 28, 2020 – 12:30 PM – Register here

Please note that gotowebinar is not supported on internet explorer. Please use a different browser to register for the webinars (chrome, firefox, edge etc.)

Need help with the voting process? Contact your RO through the below emails and phone numbers.

Winnipeg vote2020_WIN@psac-afpc.com 431-317-0691
Regina vote2020_REG@psac-afpc.com 306-757-0522
Saskatoon vote2020_SAK@psac-afpc.com 306-808-2574
Calgary vote2020_CAL@psac-afpc.com 403-910-5855
Edmonton vote2020_EDM@psac-afpc.com 780-306-3126