MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FROM LARRY ROUSSEAU, NCR REGIONAL EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
PHOENIX PAY CRISIS: Q&A, COMPENSATION PROCESS, OFFERS FROM CO-OPs
Regrettably, Phoenix pay problems are still affecting thousands of members, and PSAC continues to work with government to develop solutions and mitigation measures.
- We’ve updated our Q&A to account for the latest developments—check it out here.
- Following intense PSAC pressure over the last few months, the government is now allowing public service workers to file online compensation claims for losses related to Phoenix. Please submit a claim as soon as possible if you have experienced such losses.
- You can help us keep track of the pay situation by filling out a short online questionnaire.
- If you have been negatively financially affected by Phoenix, you may also want to consider services developed specifically for public service workers being offered by Desjardins and CS Alterna. Click here for information on contacting these institutions.
TB BARGAINING: LIBERAL GOVERNMENT USING CONSERVATIVE AGENDA AT TABLE
When PSAC returned to the bargaining table with Treasury Board, we expected to hear the Liberal agenda. Instead, this government continued to push the Conservative agenda in negotiations. “Under the Liberals, Treasury Board has had five meetings with us, and almost a year, to improve their offer to reflect Prime Minister Trudeau’s promise to show respect for the public service,” said Robyn Benson, National President of PSAC. “We are frustrated and disappointed that we did not see the movement we expected this week. We are close to the end of the road.” Read more »
CONFERENCE FOR RACIALLY VISIBLE MEMBERS: APPLY BY OCTOBER 3
I am pleased to announce the 2016 PSAC Regional Conference for Racially Visible Members, which will be held in Ottawa at the Shaw Conference Centre under the theme “Race Forward: Our Union, Our Community, Our Future!” I encourage all PSAC racially visible members in the the National Capital Region to apply and to share this information with other such members. Please click here to read more about the conference and to apply.
FALL EDUCATION COURSES: REGISTER TODAY
The Fall education schedule is out and I urge you to take a look at what’s being offered. In particular, you might find The Art of Argument course on October 17 and the Effective Union Communications course on December 1-3 to be useful. As always, our courses are free and we will reimburse your lost salary if the course is scheduled during your regular working hours.
BECOME A LEADER: UNION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS DUE ON OCTOBER 7
The PSAC’s Union Development Program (UDP) has been one of the most comprehensive union leadership training programs in Canada for more than 35 years. Building on our rich history, the UDP provides an advanced learning opportunity for emerging leaders to develop the necessary analysis and skills to identify and support union priorities, and to expand PSAC’s pool of skilled activists who can inspire others. Click here to learn more about the UDP and to apply online.
ARBITRATION DECISION: OLG RIDEAU CARLETON RACEWAY SLOTS DISPUTE
I always hope for the best. But we should always prepare for the worse. The worse happened in the long and unfortunate saga of the OLG lockout, which began in December 2015 and ended in May following an agreement between PSAC and OLG to send the wage dispute to binding arbitration. Indeed, we lost the arbitration decision that was issued two weeks ago.
I, and others, really hoped that the arbitrator would see our point that the Rideau Carleton Raceway Slots (RCRS) workers were underpaid vis-à-vis other Slots facilities in the province, but unfortunately, he disagreed with our comparators. We had been successful in getting a higher lump sum payment than other Slots facilities, and the arbitrator used that fact in choosing the employer’s wage offer.
Nevertheless, we will continue our fight to defend the rights of RCRS workers, who are all bitterly disappointed with this outcome and who are understandably extremely frustrated after having spent so many cold months out on the picket line.
JUSTICE FOR ABDIRAHMAN CONFERENCE: OCTOBER 2
The Justice for Abdirahman Community Conference will be held at the Hintonburg Community Centre on October 2 from 9am to 5pm. Please do attend if you are impacted or have friends and family who are affected by police and community relations. After an incident where Terry (my spouse) and I were mistreated by Ottawa By-law officers in 2005, we both joined and for a couple of years attended the Ottawa Police LGBT Liaison Committee, which has done much work in helping to mend relations between police and the LGBT community. Similarly, we must continue to work on improving police relations with racialized communities. Click here for conference details »
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT?
If anyone thinks a Donald Trump presidency would not impact Canada, or not much, think again! As a Canadian with dual Canadian-American citizenship, I vote Democrat! If you have American citizenship, please vote in the upcoming presidential election. Go to democratsabroad.org or votefromabroad.org to make sure you are registered to vote. A Donald Trump Presidency would be bad news for the labour movement, both in the United States and in Canada!