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One of the hallmarks of a healthy democracy is the ability of citizens to participate freely and actively in determining who they elect to govern and make decisions on their behalf. However until 1988, the Public Service Employment Act did not allow federal public sector workers to take part in political activities beyond simply casting their vote.

Are you upset about the government’s interference in the collective bargaining process and its latest attempt to curb our right to free collective bargaining?

PSAC members in BC rallied on Monday to send a message to the government - legislating any changes to collective agreements is not acceptable!

OTTAWA, May 15, 2015 /CNW/ - Canada's 18 federal public service unions met earlier this week to decide their next move in response to the tabling of Division 20 of Bill C-59, the Budget Implementation Act (BIA), which gives the government the authority to unilaterally amend the sick leave provisions of the collective agreements covering employees of the core public service.

PSAC bargaining teams for the core public administration and separate agencies met today to discuss their response to the government’s decision to gut collective bargaining rights in the recently tabled Budget Implementation Act. Bargaining teams all decided to postpone this week’s round of negotiations in order to assess the implications of the government’s violation of our members’ rights, and evaluate all possible actions to defend them.

The PSAC has begun the ratification process of the FNHA/DCL 22000 tentative agreement. 

Members within Metro Vancouver should attend one of two meetings being held at SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1535, 515 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver in order to cast a vote.

  • Wednesday, May 20 - 12 noon – 1 PM
  • Thursday, May 21 - 5:30 – 7:00 PM 

Download a copy of the ratification kit here. (hard copies will also be available at the meetings)

We sat down on Friday afternoon with Bob Jackson, PSAC's Regional Executive Vice President for BC, for a chat about Bill C-59, PSAC's response, and next steps. Here's a quick video.