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Workplace Problem Solving

This page contains news and information for Stewards and Local Representatives.

PSAC grievance form -Shop stewards can use this form to file grievances on behalf of their members - download one here.

PSAC grievance transmittal form - Use this form to advance a grievance to the next stage - download one here.

Compensation advisors win policy grievance on WFA

Apr 3, 2014 •

Members working as compensation and benefits advisors at what was formerly the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) have recently won a policy gr

New rules for workplace “desk drops”

Mar 18, 2014 •

We encourage you to communicate with your members in person and by using home email addresses. Unfortunately, the long-standing practice of dropping union flyers on people’s desks at work has become trickier.

Parliamentary Budget Officer questions the government’s numbers on public sector sick leave

Feb 7, 2014 •

PSAC president Robyn Benson is calling on Minister Tony Clement to stop misleading Canadians about sick leave in the public sector.

The call comes in the wake of today’s release of a report on sick leave by the Parliamentary Budget Officer called the Fiscal Analysis of Sick Leave in the Federal Public Service. In summary:

Tools for Stewards: Grievance Flowcharts

Feb 6, 2014 •

Grievances, and the timelines for filing and responding to them, are important elements when it comes to workplace problem solving. When representing a member by filing a grievance, timelines - as set out in the Collective Agreement - must be respected. Here are some flowcharts that will help PSAC Stewards effectively represent members.

What you need to know about alternation in the federal public service

Jan 22, 2014 •

Were you affected by the government’s latest round of public sector job cuts? PSAC has been working hard to ensure that our members have access to a fair and transparent process for finding other work in the core public service.

On June 15, 2012, PSAC filed a policy grievance against Treasury Board for its failure to meet it alternation obligations under the Workforce Adjustment Agreement.

Trying to find an alternation? We may be able to help. Answer our survey!

Jul 11, 2013 •

Alternation allows people who have been declared “opting” as a result of Work Force Adjustment to switch places (or alternate with) another employee who is willing to leave the public service.

In June 2012, PSAC filed a policy grievance because we had received reports that some departments and managers weren’t participating in the alternation process or were denying alternations without good reasons.

Workforce Adjustment and Workers with Disabilities

Jun 12, 2013 •

PSAC's Human Rights/Programs Section is gathering data and stories about how federal government cuts and Work Force Adjustment has impacted workers with disabilities. Impacts could include the loss of, or changes to, an existing accommodation, being declared surplus, or not being given a reasonable guaranteed job offer.

We are asking PSAC members with any knowledge - personal or otherwise - regarding workers with disabilities being affected by the cut backs and WFA notices to let us know.

Performance Management: Treasury Board must ensure fairness

Jun 6, 2013 •

On Tuesday, May 28th,  Treasury Board President Tony Clement, announced with great fanfare what he called a new directive on performance management that includes a mandatory performance assessment for all public sector  workers.

PSAC members are proud of the work they do on behalf of Canadians, and have no problem receiving feedback and having their work properly and fairly evaluated.

PSAC Nat'l President Robyn Benson on performance reviews

Jun 6, 2013 •

Robyn Benson, PSAC National President & Tony Clement were on CKNW's Bill Good show recently to discuss the recent government announcement regarding performance reviews in the federal public service. Here's the audio ...

Recruitment and Mobilization Toolkit - a Step by Step Guide for PSAC Committees and Area Councils

Apr 29, 2013 •

PSAC members are the foundation of our union. Everything our union is able to achieve depends on the strength and vitality of members and on their active participation.

This five page step-by-step guide booklet is designed to help your Area Council, Womens, Young Workers or Human Rights Committee significantly increase member participation so that you grow and thrive. Most important of all, these are simple tools to ensure that you are always in the process of developing more activists.

Laid-off Workers Can Finally Access EI Benefits

Apr 18, 2013 •

On April 12, 2013, Treasury Board issued a letter to all Heads of Human Resources and Chiefs of Compensation in federal departments and agencies regarding Records of Employment.  The letter states:

“… the ROEs should be coded as code G (workforce reduction), when an employee leaves the CPA, under one of the following circumstances:

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