Member Resources

Worries about job losses

A number of media reports over the past few weeks that reference job losses have definitely raised anxiety levels.  It is important to keep all things in perspective during unsettling times but one of the most important facts to consider is this:  an affected position on an organization chart does not necessarily translate into an indeterminate employee being laid off.  The number of long-term employees retiring and other voluntary departures will leave job openings for employees who are in affected positions and employees who are on the priority list.

As positions are vacated, it is very likely that a number of those positions will not be filled.

It is understandable that change is frightening but we have to consider that change can be invigorating and positive. Your union Local team is ready and able and will be happy to talk to you about any of your fears and concerns so please do not hesitate to have a confidential conversation.

Rotha Lennox


Negotiations for a new Collective Agreement for TC members at Treasury Board are underway.

The PSAC TC bargaining team exchanged proposals with the Employer on April 29, 2011.

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New collective agreements signed for PA and EB groups. What happens now?

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: With reference to employees with less than 10 years of service, is it true that they are entitled to one week of pay for each year of service rather than as it has been in the past with no entitlement to the severance pay without a minimum of 10 years of service to qualify?
A: Under the current contract, employees who resign before reaching 10 years of employment are not entitled to a severance payout, and those with between 10 and 26 years of employment are entitled to only a ½ week of pay for each year of employment. In the proposed new agreements, we negotiated that all employees with at least one year of employment will receive a cash out of one week of pay for each year of employment (from their starting date up to the second day of the new agreements) if they resign or are let go. For employees with 10 years or more who would have resigned before retirement, this represents a doubling of what their accumulated entitlement would have been under the current contract.

Members ratify Treasury Board agreements

PSAC members have voted to accept the tentative agreements negotiated with Treasury Board for the PA, SV and EB groups.

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Local 70713 Supports John Gordon and our PSAC Bargaining Team…

There has been a lot of back and forth in the media and even within Union Locals about John Gordon, President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), and his decision to bring the new tentative collective agreements to members for a vote. Voting is well underway and will continue throughout the month of November. Members are voting on a tentative agreement that includes many positive enhancements, but some are expressing their concerns with the proposed changes to severance pay that would be implemented in the new contract. Some members have even started and are perpetuating campaigns to encourage members to vote NO to this agreement.

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John Gordon on the Treasury Board agreements

  • PSAC National President John Gordon explains why the union bargained early, and why trade voluntary severance for a wage increase.

The union has posted this 1:42 video to explain PSAC’s reasoning behind bargaining early and agreeing to changes to voluntary severance pay.


Q’s and A’s Information Session on Proposed PSAC Collective Agreements

November 1, 2010 at 12:00 – 1:00pm in Room 12E208 (200 Kent Street)

PSAC National President John Gordon Talks about Severance Pay and the Tentative Agreements

(An article from The Ottawa Citizen, October 24, 2010)