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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.

The government wants you to work while sick. We say no way.

Sep 11, 2014 •

The federal government tabled its “go-to-work-sick” proposal for the federal public service yesterday. Its plan would gut your sick leave provisions.
 
If implemented, workers will be forced to choose between going to work sick or losing pay for basic necessities.

New Joint Learning Program on Mental Health in the Workplace

Jun 11, 2014 •

The Joint Learning Program (JLP) announces that a new workshop on Mental Health in the Workplace is now available to union members and their managers of the core public administration.

Video: About PSAC

Jun 5, 2014 •

The Public Service Alliance of Canada represents more than 170,000 workers in every province and territory in Canada and in locations around the world. Our members work for federal government departments and agencies, Crown Corporations, universities, casinos, community services agencies, Aboriginal communities, airports, and the security sector among others. PSAC is headquartered in Ottawa with 23 regional offices across Canada.

Information for Members on the Performance Management Initiative: A Local Perspective

Jun 2, 2014 •

The Union of Environment Workers Local 70713 recently put together some information for their members around the new Performance Management Program. This information is geared for TB members, but applies equally to all federal government workers - we are republishing it as a resource for members in BC.

Performance Management Program – What is it?

Federal Court of Appeal rules CBSA discriminated against PSAC member Fiona Johnstone by failing to accommodate her family obligations

May 5, 2014 •
Fiona Johnstone

PSAC is pleased to report that the Federal Court of Appeal has today unanimously upheld the groundbreaking decision of the Canadian Human R

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.

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Upcoming Workplace problem solving Events

Representing Members with Mental Illnesses course

November 1, 2014 • Abbotsford, East Fraser Valley

Grievance Handling Course

November 15, 2014 - November 16, 2014 • Courtenay, Vancouver Island

Local Officers Course

November 29, 2014 - November 30, 2014 • Prince Rupert, North BC

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