We are all affected!

We are all affected! Two lunchtime sessions are being provided for the purpose of the Local President or an associate to discuss the current phase of the “We Are All Affected” campaign and the importance of re-pledging to the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

The campaign information and the pledge cards will be available at those sessions and we hope to see you then – the locations and times follow:

  • Thursday October 17 in room 13W131 at 12:00pm
  • Thursday October 24 in room 5E257 at 12:00pm

Read more on how you can get involved and show your support…

New Stats Can data confirms PSAC analysis: gap between private and public sector sick days insignificant

Member Resources

Do you want to exchange positions? We could help you

The job exchange allows a person declared “opting” in the context of a work force adjustment to exchange their job for that of another employee who wishes to leave the public service.

Workplace Stress and Illness

Dealing With Depression at Work: What You Need to Know

Many of you who have heard me speak know, how a series of life ‘crises’ catapulted me into a severe depression…and then to my story of recovery.   The response I received since then tells me that I’m not alone in this plight, and that many of us have experienced a similar personal crisis.

One of the hardest parts of my ordeal was that, in the midst of it all, I still had to be a functional adult and stay on top of my job responsibilities. And while there are many great books and websites about how to deal with depression or anxiety at work, I also want to share some suggestions based on my own experience for making it through the tough times — and even thriving.


Ask a Life Coach: Stress

Dear Jackie Lee

I have a lot of stress in my life right now and I am using a lot of my sick days because of it.  I am going through a nasty divorce and I come to work and my manager is constantly yelling at me or putting me down.  I just can’t take much more and feel like something is about to give.  I know I’m on the verge of a breakdown and don’t know what to do.


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Ask a Life Coach: Performance Reviews

Dear Jackie Lee

Our yearly performance reviews are coming up and it has never bothered me before but now I heard you can be let go or terminated if you get a poor performance review.  Please give me some strategies for getting through my review.


Proposed changes to public service sick leave – where will that leave employees affected by mental health illnesses?

On June 10, 2013, Treasury Board President Mr. Tony Clement announced the Government of Canada’s intended plan for ‘Modernizing Disability Management’ in the public service (

Message from the President – Response to Tony Clement’s Speech to Senior Management Officials on Poor Employee Performance in the Public Service

I have received a number of calls from Local members and other public servants expressing their concerns about recent statements made by Treasury Board President Tony Clement in his recent speech to senior managers on the ‘new’ Directive on Performance Management for the public service.

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Little Habits That Can Change Your Life, and How to Develop Them

Jackie Lee Agnew

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  Aristotle

Life is so stressful and we all have hundreds of things on the go.  Add to that Facebook, Twitter, email and cell phone us – many of us are now on call 7days a week, from sun-up to sun-down.  How can we make life easier?  Would you leave the cell phone downstairs at night or shut off during dinner? Would you take a break from Facebook?  I have written down some of the habits that I am practicing to help recreate my life. I hope you enjoy them.

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Ask a Life Coach: Finances

Dear Jackie,

I am in a financial mess.  I have bill collectors calling and I live in fear of my wages being garnisheed.  I use money marts and high interest loans to pay off my debts then I can’t pay that off.  I am using credit to pay credit.  Please help.